I was thinking the same thing. I use EQ with the Noire (Oratory's EQ) through an RME-2 and get plenty of volume for my tastes without tripping the RME to the high-current mode. Yes, I can listen at that higher volume but seems a bit dangerous to my hearing at those levels. I also have the Aeon X closed that I EQ to Oratory's Aeon X settings . For me the Noire sounds better after EQ than the Aeon X. Both sound really good. Without EQ the Noire sounds much better to me but I don't listen without EQ unless I'm on the go and then it's Truth Ear Zero or Red.Cranking the RME to the max?