Harman is backed by research into what *most** people like. If a company cuts corners in the tuning, what else are they cutting corners in?
Don’t get me wrong, house sound can absolutely be preferred by some people, but the harman target is objectively better for the majority of the population.
I have the Aeon RT Closed, it has fantastic bass extension, generally a very easy listen but still has a lot of detail, and of course, basically no distortion. I gather that all of DCA’a range is like this
Ah yes, the Hifiman Sundara and He 400i, both of which are truely overblown bass cannons :facepalm:. If OP wants bass, there’s a thing called EQ, rather than telling them to go buy junk from a gas station.
The Emperyean already sounds under resolving, so a tube amp that smears the detail out is a really bad idea*
The Matrix I3 is a good choice, very futuristic device with that screen!
*this is how I subjectively experience tube sound, ymmv