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Very impressed with the sound quality, superb clarity, fast, and slightly bright but not fatiguing or harsh. My favorite is female vocals, rich with great presence. I don't think any of my other headphones do female vocals this well (HD-800 + SDR, Elex, HD-6XX, HE-4XX). Sound stage is spacious and open while the vocals maintain a nice intimacy which I really like. I even noticed a couple small details that I've never heard before which is very rare for me now. I doubt these are more detailed than my HD-800, more likely the tuning brought a couple small details to the forefront that I missed before.
Great for a variety of music, only piece missing is rumble and slam in the bass. As other have said, this is expected and a common limitation with electrostatics.
I did need a couple days of brain burn-in to fully enjoy them. Initially they seemed clear and good but a little boring. Now they are great and hold up strongly with my other favorites.
I find it a little odd that people don't like the build quality. The energizer is smaller and lighter than I expected but I don't think that reflects on quality. The plastic on the headphones doesn't have an "expensive feel" but neither do Sennheisers in my opinion and their reliability is very solid. These have been in production for over 20 years, and have a lifetime warranty, we don't need to worry. Let's not encourage manufacturers to drive up the price to make these "feel expensive".
Have you noticed a big sound quality improvement over the 6xx and 4xx ? Do you prefer them over both ?
In terms of clarity, yes, it's a big improvement. Sound stage is a little better as well. You will lose rumble and slam though so it really depends on your taste. The 6XX are also more laid back. It took me a couple days to adjust, if you do end up purchasing these I would allow a couple days of "brain burn in".
So you think that the 6xx is more relaxed sound than the 95x but in term of clarity the 6xx has the advantage
I think you meant the 95X has the clarity advantage and yes I agree with that and the 6XX has the relaxed advantage. I find the 95X relaxed enough, they're just not as relaxed as the 6XX.