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My non-audio-expert assessment of these cans :
Sound - Awesome. Much better soundstage and depth than my Fidelio L1's and AKG K553 Pros
Comfort - Bad. Like really bad. If you've got an average ear like me, the headphones will strain your ears and will hurt you for an hour's worth (or less) of wearing. I have added a bunch of cotton balls on each ear, and it's now much better. I feel bad though, that I need a cottonball mod to make thing thing usable for a long period of time.
Verdict : Very good headphones, especially without the amp requirement. Not good in terms of comfort. I'd pick the HD700 over this if I had the chance to do over, but that's not saying much since I haven't had the chance to try the HD700's.
Find your comments on them being uncomfortable kind of interesting, i actually found them very comfortable, though i guess this can vary depending on who's using them, the form of the face, the size of the ears, etc.
In my case i have a kind of big head and usually find most of the headphones a bit tight. Due to these, they are usually uncomfortable after some time, but i used these headphones on a 2:30 hour flight for about 2 hours and found them very comfortable. They are quite heavy, so i don't imagine myself using them on the street, but found the padding on the band and earpads very fluffy and soft, didn't feel any kind of pain after wearing them for those 2 hours.
Also at that point of time was using them directly with my phone (no amp, mp3 320kbps files and without equalization) and sound was quite good for me, haven't really had a chance to try them with my amps.
Hopefully the B earpads helped a bit with that if you have already received them.