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My two cents: These are my everyday "go-to" headphones that I use with my portable LH Labs Geekout 2A Dac/Amp. They're built like a tank. You can't hurt them. They are convenient in that the cups swivel which makes laying them down good and also for traveling. The law of diminishing returns sets in hard with these cans. As an example, I have the Beyerdynamic T5P ($1100) closed cans and honestly, these are probably 85% of those for 1/10th the price. Sometimes, the AKG K553 Pros are the best listening choice for some materials as they are quite forgiving of bad material. I think these stomp the AT M50x!!!! You cannot go wrong for this money. I would recommend these to anyone. They do get much better with play though. I was 6 months before these really started to settle in.
All 100% correct. Its the best Masssdrop deal I've ever made. Very comfortable, very natural sound, good isolation from ambient noise. I want to convert them into balanced headsets then use them with my Pono player in balanced mode
I believe Moon Audio does the balanced mods if you're searching...
I just got mine and my pair had a very noticeable buzzing noise when amped with my 02 amp connected to my claro halo sound card.
Agreed. I use these for mixing. I was using them to record, so they can take it as well in that arena (I play bass). The only reason I stopped using them to record is because I found a decent wireless set that works for recording, but before I record, I use these to play a song and hear everything, then come back to them after recording to mix it properly. They've taken a little getting used to, but only because so many other full size headphones are bass heavy. I thought these were light, but now I think they're just well balanced like they're supposed to be. Maybe it's that break in that was spoken about as well though. Regardless, I love these. They're comfortable, sound great, and are well balanced. I particularly love AKG for their around the ear offerings; so much more comfortable than "on" or "over" the ear.