"Very good monitor cans at a very good price"5.0 starson by dotchoo
Pros: -Amazing highs (a lot of detail), good mid-range, accurate bass
-well balanced, nothing stands out, they don't sound tinny nor boomy. you hear EVERYTHING well.
-very good isolation
-good build quality, cups are very easy to remove, 1/4" screw-on
Cons: -you do get sweaty when it's really hot
-at first, the cups were pressing on the sides of my head a bit too much, but now they're fine after a bit of stretching over a box
-i've read on a few forums that the cups get worn out every few years.
Summary: I've had them for a few months now.I meant pads are easy to remove sorry lol
These are monitor headphones- they were meant to be as balanced as possible, they don't have prominent lows like Sennheisers - if accuracy and detail is what you're looking for, you've found it. If you're a bass-head, move on.
For those that kept reading: This doesnt mean that the bass isn't there or there isnt enough of it, or that it's not well-defined - in fact, you can make them boomy with an equalizer (and the bass can take it, and it will rattle the hell out of your skull and you will feel every individual vibration as an individual vibration, no distortions, because they're that awesome). You could do that, or you could experience music the way it was meant to.
I tested the lower frequencies using Burninwave Generator, and there were very few dips in volume, but only on a few frequencies and nothing too obvious.
There are absolutely no distortions anywhere. After the burn-in period I did turn the volume higher than my ears could stand and listened (from a distance :D ), but nothing- crystal clear.
About the isolation, you cannot hear someone talking next to you unless the music volume is ridiculously low. This kind of isolation brings a feeling of closed-in as well, so if you don't want that, get open-back. These are as closed-in as you get. I happen to like that, it feels like I can concentrate on the music only and hear every detail.
Just a few things I noticed, but I may be biased here:
-i noticed that these sound particularly good with electronic music.
-i also downloaded some samples of instruments to hear each one, and after the initial shock of "omg they are AMAZING" i noticed i liked piano and saxophone best. they really shine. but each instrument sounded like there was a live band in my room, just waiting for me to click "play" :D
Oh and about the soundstage (which i dont have a lot of experience with and don't care much about): to me it seems like it's well-defined, i played a few games with them on, i listened to a few live recordings and different instruments do seem to come from different directions, but i don't really notice that much. You can definitely tell where the sound is coming from in video games, that's all i can say.
I read the other review which said they sound like junk at first, well, they don't sound as good as now (i thought they were a little tinny at first, i'm a bit sensitive about that) but i wouldnt exactly call it "junk". the bass seemed alright, the highs were maybe not as detailed as now.
Updated on Sep 15, 2010