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Believe the hype! These headphones really are that great! And the best part about them is that you can just plug them into your phone or laptop! When I received them, I was a bit weary, because most good headphones need dedicated amps to sound any good, but this headphone just rocks with anything you throw at it.
As others have said you need to reduce the clamping force on your own, after that, the headphones feel comfortable.
The best way I can describe the sound of these is balanced and effortless. Nothing really jumps out at you. The highs, mids, and lows are all working together. None of the weaknesses are readily apparent either! You have to know what you’re listening for to pick up on it. If you just listen to the music and forget about the analytical aspect, these are fun cans to listen to! The one thing I was hoping for was a wider sound stage... there’s nothing wrong with it, it‘s just more intimate. That may be a plus for some people. I removed the foam from the grille and it seems to have opened up the sound but that could be placebo because someone measured it and found no difference.
Overall, these are bang for your buck headphones! You can use them with your phone and they sound amazing for the price. If you ever wondered what good headphones might sound like, this is it.
Great writeup Gwyn!
Also, don't forget that the foams protect the driver from catching dust, so if you plan to not use the foam at all, you should look into the mentioned mods here to cut out a circle of a suitable foam (in the size of a quarter) using a double sided tape and protect your drivers from dust. It should also adjust the sound a bit further.
I myself decided to keep them stock and let them break-in for a couple hundred hours, then see if I like to mod or not.
Thanks for the tip! I didn’t think about that. I thought since other Senn’s have no foam, it was fine to leave as is.