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Aug 23, 2018
The sound:
1 - It's relatively flat and not super obviously boosted by a large amount at any frequency like a lot of headphones are.
2 - I was told by everyone that it's physically incapable of reproducing a large amount of bass very clearly due to its design. That is false; it may not be the same body shaking thumping which you can get from a closed design, but it can produce bass powerful enough to give the physical feeling of vibration while still being very clear and not muddy if you crank up the bass through an equalizer. That being said, by default the bass is next to non-existent.
3 - The sound at all frequencies is clear and pleasant enough for it to make pretty much anyone happy.
In other words, the sound is fantastic and can be adjusted while remaining clear to the point that even bass heads can enjoy it despite reports of the contrary. It's so good that it might actually be better than my Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro 250 ohm headphones.
For reference I'm using a Sound Blaster ZxR which has a TI TPA6120 as the headphone amp.
So why 3 stars?... the build quality:
This has to be quite literally on par with the cheapest built headphones I've ever seen. The plastic and overall build quality very literally are on par with dollar store headphones. It's the EXACT same plastic and moulding technique as dollar store headphones, with the same flimsiness, and signs that it will break if you so much as look at it wrong. Disgusting.
I'm blown away that Sennheiser/Massdrop had the guts to charge $200 USD for a famous headphone and make its outer parts out of trash. Mine also arrived with a heavily dented box as a small bonus.
The build quality is so bad that I can't just ignore it even to this day. Every time I go to pick it up I clearly see and feel just how cheap quality it is.
Shame on you Massdrop and Sennheiser. Shame.
* Edited for corrections, clarity, and more info. *
Aug 23, 2018
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