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The E-MU Purps are, in a word, pleasant, I bought two pair. You won't get listening fatigue while using them. I can listen for a long time without wanting to rip them off my head. They are not great for isolation and so will not altogether meet the requirements of the portable device users. The upper frequencies are smooth with just enough detail and depth to give a reasonable representation of the source material. Bass is good, full bodied and seems to go fairly deep but can be tubby at times. Where they seem to fall off a bit is in the mids which appear to be slightly vailed, or soft, but only slightly. I've become fond of the new bio-cellulose drivers being used in these and a few of the newer phones. These drivers are designed by Fostex for their own use and other manufacturers. I don't know if it's function of the bio-cellulose drivers themselves or just how they are being used, but there seems to be less distortion from units using them like Audioquest (NightHawk, NightOwl) Massdrop/Fostex TH-X00, other Fostex and Denons. Comparing the E-MUs to the TH-X00, the Fostex are much clearer in the midrange without being peaky whereas the E-MUs are a bit laid-back in the detail department. This is not an altogether bad thing as the upper frequencies are not elevated but seem natural. A little help in clearing the fog in the mids would go a long way to making these phones even more of a real bargain at the price. Finally I am still letting them break in, so we'll see if they improve any. In a few words, I like them so far, but only for casual, non critical, listening.