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So guys, I got my Valis today and I seriously couldn't be happier. I've been listening to them for the last several hours. Like I said before, I'm coming mostly from high end IEMs (JVC fx850 - I love wood headphones and these have been my favorites, Sennheiser IE80, Sony XBA-H3, etc.). These are my first high end open back headphones. My main concern was that my IEMs are all basshead IEMs because, well, I'm a basshead. I've had Beyerdynamic DT770-80s before that I thought actually lacked bass. I've read a good amount of posts basically saying that on open back headphones you're not going to get the kind of bass I've been getting from my IEMs. Turns out that this is entirely wrong. While they're tuned to be fairly neutral, a small amount of EQ and they happily adjust to whatever amount of bass you want and the limitation is my desire and not the headphones. Extension is remarkable too (I played a number of bass test tracks and they never failed to extend). At the same time, they're not too dark/congested and have great detail. I've enjoyed them on every track I've played. Treble can be described as inoffensive. Mids feel pretty neutral to me. To give you an idea - I only EQed sub-bass up. For everything else I was happy with the base tuning.
Also, they look gorgeous and I really like the build (no plastic, all metal/leather/wood). After spending $700 + tax my expectations were very high and they were still met! Anyway, I just got them today so everything here is preliminary.
Comfort: they're heavy but the headband does a good job with the weight. Clamp isn't awful. My views are colored by the fact that I expected something truly awful based on the comments.
Anyway, I'll have more to add as I listen in the coming days/weeks.
Personally, these IMEs are considered as mid end. This pair of headphones could be mid-high.
But what fits you is the best. Glad you like them!
The problem with trying to put labels like "mid end" or "mid-high end" or whatever on headphones is that you have to define what those mean. We're in a hobby where there are $40k headphones and $10 headphones. Therefore, it is naturally "somewhere in the middle, probably mid-high" (which is what one would expect based on the price).
Yeah I got the point. But that's usually what makes people confused.