All fired up and glowing - I used ocean-green LED's for this one.
Give your Starving Student time to burn in. I'm not an advocate of hundreds of hours like some claim for headphones, etc., but your Starving Student will definitely change tone in the first hour or two. When you first power it up, it will sound bassy, thick and "cloudy." Within an hour or two, the tone will have changed 100% - more detail, more transparency. Things will continue to improve over the next 12 hours, with subtle changes after that as more detail and transparency comes in.
The electrolytics and Wima caps take time to burn in - not hundreds of hours, but definitely over a day or two - that's a fact!