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Price to value is off the charts
I'm blown away by the sound quality and detail for the price. Keep the stock pads and add a Bellari SE560 for a versatile rig.
Comparing them to other headphones that I have tried and like;
- Tight bass and midbass (although recessed - it's there, and you can EQ the response very nicely)
- Smooth neutral mids
- Very little sound coloring
- Amazing imaging and detail
- Defined highs without being tinny or fatiguing
- Comfortable cans on my dome
I have the Drop OE pads, the Koss OE pads (ordered from Koss's website for $5...) and the Dekoni pads.
Drop OE pads - some have said they feel cheap and they don't like the foam. I don't mind them at all. They don't feel luxurious, but I don't notice them once the music starts.
Koss OE pads - slightly more comfortable than drop OE, but don't do any favors for the sound. Basically it sounded more muffled... with no advantages. They went in the trash.
Dekoni pads - much more comfortable than OE, concentrates sound stage towards front, gives a nice, restrained bass boost. If you are looking for a colored sound response, Dekoni will give you that although at the expense of some clarity.
For a serious, inexpensive level-up
I recently added a Bellari SE560 into the signal chain. It's a nice compact sonic exciter with a bypass button. I think it adds three major advantages to these cans:
- They have much more detail and a better soundstage than the Monoprice M1060 (current generation). The M1060 has punchier bass. I also find that planars make a lot of sounds seem compressed to me, which I don't like.
- Sennheiser/Drop 6XX are better out of the box for listening to EDM, but for everything else, these guys rule. Also, I prefer the stronger clamping force of the 6XX.
As others have mentioned:
- If you want a colored sound, you can dial it in on the Bellari, while maintaining all of the clarity and detail that the cans are capable of
- You can use the Bellari's volume knob if you don't want to mess with the strangely designed "acoustic level" knobs on the OE energizer
- Bellari has a bypass switch, so you can go from "accurate, revealing, balanced" cans to "fun, colored, personality" cans with the press of a button. It's the best of both worlds!
- If dust gets in them, there is a buzzing sound. I have not experienced this but others have.
- Volume knob is stupid.
- Build quality is fairly flimsy, but I am not worried about them falling apart.
Would recommend to a friend.