I think this discussion or rasp/tone is very subjective, particularly depending on your age.
When I was in my early twenties, the louder the better. At 43, it's a different story all together.
It would probably be best to post your age with your response in threads like these. May give some better guidance to solutions for ears of varying ages!
I have a set of Technik Gen2 headers sitting in my garage still for this very reason......