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Overhyped and overrated. Sound exponentially worse than HD 428 - zero bass response. Treble is painfully shrill and muddy. I don't understand how this model has such high rating...It's nowhere near neutral. Feels like lower frequencies are equalized all the way down via built-in hardware filter. I'm confused...tested with high end tube amp, and several solid state amps.
EDIT: I'll upgrade rating to 3 stars for now, while I attempt to break them in.
Maybe a bad pair? Mine have excellent bass response.
What AMP/DAC do you use? Did you have to software-equalize the sound to get any bass?
I have a variety of equipment.
Onkyo = very bass heavy.
Yamaha = Lighter Bass, more mids
Creative = crystal clear.
I broke them in with about 300 hours of various types of playback. That made a huge difference.
I will try few more amps, and attempt to break them in. I'll upgrade the rating to 3 stars for now.