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I don't like them. I voted for a new TH-X00, but not at $100 more than the previous $399 and not in ebony where you can't see the wood grain.
If you look around for pictures you will see some have amazing woodgrain looks. It's all the luck of the draw I guess. I do really feel like the extra $100 is well spent as the sound is more even and the bass is even more effortless sounding. Though, I assume many don;t find it worth the extra money and that is a matter of opinion.
Wood grain is pretty noticeable, but they are dark. Cost is well spent to me as they are gorgeous and sound amazing.
i'm NOT trying to imply that at $500 the cans are a ripoff, but even at $400, they're outside what i can afford. i'm still recovering from a $600 financial kick in the nads that's having me eat almost nothing but ramen noodles, hot dogs, potatoes, rice, spaghetti, eggs & chicken right now and still owe back rent, so another $100 makes the 00s that much more out of reach for me.
as to the woodgrain, i'm not doubting ebony has some visible grain if you get up close and squint, but that defeats the purpose. i want a clearly visible grain that advertises the uniqueness of the cans as a commuter/poseur. wood cans are a great conversation piece, a thumbed nose at beats wannabes, AND as a tree hugger, a sort of statement about my love of nature. no one's going to notice ebony, but quilted maple?
i'm getting by with my superlux 681 EVOs right now, but their claimed "excessive bass" is an heretical overstatement to me. i wouldn't even consider the bass adequate and i'm not a basshead. that's the other reason the 00s are so interesting to me. they really stood out in a binaural demo among dozens of other brands