Matte is probably the way to go with wood cups. My Thunderpants are glossy and in hindsight I should have gone matte.
Tyll measured a pair of the 88s
"Meze kindly sent in two pairs of headphones, the 88 Classic circumaural and the 66 Classic supra-aural. Very pretty and nicely made, but the sound and measurements show a somewhat colored can. Sorry, not going to make the review list."
What does colored can means? I have some 80 euro WeSC on ear headphones for 3 years now and I like their sound very much, they get very uncomfy after 1-2 hours though, but to many audiophiles standards they are probably overpriced bottom barrel junk I just want some classy comfy headphones for music of all kinds and gaming, movies.JUst all round use really.
Most people (including Tyll, it seems, from what I read on IF) use the term negatively. It means some deviated response, maybe something a little unnatural or biased. Very roughly, like seeing the world through tinted glasses—whatever that might mean to you. Usually (but not necessarily always) it's a significant deviation in the frequency response from what people expect or what's "correct" in some sense.
In this case, based on IF measurements, it looks like the 88 Classic has some shelved (too quiet) treble and upper mids relative to bass and lower mids. If that's the kind of sound you want, it could be pretty decent for you.