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Like many others, it was jarring at first forgetting the volume knob is split and thinking you have a bad driver in one ear. So early warning to those who have not gotten theirs yet! These things are great. The first thing you notice about the sound is how lively it is. I got this feeling with my Sennheiser HE-60s. It was a good while into first listening before I remembered I was trying to analyze the sound.
The mid-range stuck out to me when I started to listen critically. It's pleasantly rich and detailed. The highs are also well detailed with some nice sparkle without being fatiguing. Lows are present and well extended, but I would not call this a bassy headphone. Overall, I enjoyed them way more than I expected. Can't wait to get an adapter and use them with my iESL. I do feel that the stock energizer might be holding them back.
As far as build quality, I've come to expect lots of plastic when dealing with electrostatics in this price range. I have L300 Limiteds and HE-60s and both are just lots of plastic. The only thing that bothered me was the initially strong chemical odor. I actually waited a day to start listening so that they could air out. It was much better the next day.
Comfort was great. They're naturally light, the earcups are spacious, and wearing them for hours was not a problem.
Overall, for the money, these are a no-brainer if you want to experience good electrostatic headphones for "mid-fi" money. Great job Massdrop for arranging this.
Great review. The chemical odor is surprising. I'm fairly sensitive to odors and never noticed anything out of the ordinary. Recently bought a new small television. It smelled so bad I couldn't stay in the room with it for almost 4 days. No idea why some plastic stinks so much.
I would like to ask you did you face any problems with it ? I mean technically and how did you storing it ? because I have heard that the dust is so harmful to it