Owning and loving these I compared them to what was available in (mostly studio) closed monitoring headphones in the sub 300$ category. I liked them a lot better than MSR7, DT-770, M50x, MT7, SRH840 and some others. I know you have to be careful with the headband so i always have an eye vor that and keep them in a case. The comfort is getting better over time once the earpads brake in. And you have to have a good fit, otherwise they will not sound as good as they can. I use them for "critical" listening of music to know "what does that really sound like". I don't think there is any emphasis in the spectrum, be it lows, mids oder highs, and coming from other headphones they do sound a bit boring sometimes, being as flat as they seem to be. I like them as much as I like my LSR305 speakers or the HS7 that I owned. They are not for everyone, but I really fell in love with mine, because they don't sound larger than life. Give them a go!