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Sound and value are spot on, but comfort is lacking. I like a snug fitting pair of headphones but these are like having your head in a vice. Not the worst if you wear them for short periods of time, but for me I was dying to get them off after 90 min. I have a pair of Sennheiser HD 428s that are infinitely more comfortable (but alas, don't sound as good). I think the 428s will remain my regular listeners for now.
It's really easy to fix the clamp force. There are guides all over on how to do this.
I've had mine for a couple months now and the clamp is a lot less powerful than when I first bought them. I wear them for 4+ hours at a time with no discomfort at this point.
True enough, I guess my beef is if I'm going to pay a not-insignificant amount of money for a pair of headphones, they should be comfortable out of the box. I have other headphones that cost as much that were extremely comfortable right from the start. I don't feel like that's an irrational expectation.
It's a tradeoff in longevity regarding the clamping force. Sennheiser is optimizing for a 10+ year lifetime for these headphones, so they ship the spring steel headband at a higher tension, knowing it will settle into the optimal configuration for your head over the first year, and fit you ideally for the next 9.
Taking my K7XX sn0001 from 2014 as the opposite example, four years later it just falls off my head because the metal rails in the headband weren't similarly tensioned.
So comfortable out of the box and useless after a few years, or bend to your liking and comfortable for roughly a decade, that's the tradeoff more or less.