I bought these at $350, as writing the review, they are back up to $450. These headphones are still worth it at $450. The build quality is unmatched. The metal finish on the ear cups and the metal supports will last for years. There is also no creaking from cheap plastic. I use the leather pads, as they were much more comfortable in my opinion. Imaging is great, as these are based off a studio headphone. Soundstage is sub-par, but pretty good for a closed back. If you want soundstage, go for the DT 1990 PRO. The sound quality is great. There is not too much bass or mids. The highs are much less pronounced than the DT 1770 PROs. These will not give you a headache. I suspect the extra padding has to do with this. This is definitely a much-needed refinement for the 1770s. The sound overall is flat, with bass being a bit pronounced and not too noticeable and the highs dipping towards the upper range. These are also only 32 ohms, so a phone could drive them if any phone now still has a headphone jack (please bring it back). Definitely good sound for the price. One thing that stands out is where these are made. These are not made in China with poor quality control, they are made in Germany. I try to avoid products made in China because of the terrible working conditions and poor QC. These headphones are also user-repairable. They will not break like bluetooth headphones or become e-waste like AirPods. These will last a long time if taken good care of. Finally, the only complaint I have is the cable. A 4-pin mini-XLR cable is a great idea because of balance setups, but the cable is near impossible to find. Hart Audio Cables makes great cables for this, and I would recommend them. Overall, an excellent value for the money. I would recommend this to anyone looking for headphones in this price range.
What Can I say except "Absoluta Prodigiosus- Decoris!"
What Can I say except "Absoluta Prodigiosus- Decoris!" after I modded em- starting with a rock solid frame work to mod from- the build and comfort on thes are NEXT level... they are a tad boring before my mod- but after... well after my mod the stage is large pinpoint accurate - I went all out here- I utlized sheets of woven fiberglass weave and my patent pending fractal fiberglass mesh along with resonance deadening material to control the very resonant carbon fiber cups- - and yes they really are great outta box but my mod extends bass a tad up now tastefully while keeping and retraining perfect balance between bass, mid and high frequencies in what I think is perfect harmony with the lowest distortion noise floor I have ever heard! no these are not bass canons but they slam now more and extend the listening pleasure for me into S tier level - these are KINGS for planars for both detail and pleasure - lordy I dont want to let these go- I need to buy more and offer these on my web site... -JM Audio Editions ) yes I love what I do!
I am amazed by these headphones. These are, I think, the 5th Drop headphones I've purchased, and definitely the one I was most unexpectedly impressed with. I think they are the best closed-back phones I've ever heard. To me, they beat the Shure SRH1540, with just as good or better bass for $300 less. The sound profile is more neutral and sensitive-ear-friendly, where the Shures are too shrill and bright for me. But it's the bass that really wows me with these Mezes 99s. It's powerful in a subtle, non-boomy way. Even high-pitched drumming sounds more present and impactful than most of the headphones I own or have owned. Given the relative smallness and lightness of these phones compared to most of the over-ears I've ever owned, the presence and impact becomes even more impressive.
First time I have been fully, non-reservedly impressed by a Drop headphone product, rather than sort of wishing I could afford the original manufacturer model.
My device suddenly shows "Unknown USB Device (Device Descriptor Request Failed)" and it's not working anymore. I have tried both USB 1.0 and 2.0 modes, different PC, and different USB cable, none of the worked :(