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Unbelievable value when you consider these are only $149.99.
These were my first set of open backed headphones. I thought I knew what to expect, but really these blew me away.
I was quite disappointing with the bass presence. It is simply non-existent to my ears on many tracks I would expect just a little more oomph on. But this was more of an issue with my expectations as all reviews I had read leading up to my purchase had suggested that many open backed headphones lack the punch of bass.
It all comes down to what music you listen to on these. Acoustic, vocal, or more rock type music will really sing. most electronic music with a solid bass line is wasted on these. Just as well I have a pair of closed back headphones which are better suited to more bass heavy styles of music.
One important thing to comment on is the comfort. Seriously I can wear these for hours after music has stopped without realizing they are still on.
I have already recommended these to friends and will continue to do so.
In my mind, some of it is calibrating your expectations. If you're hoping for something with MURDER BASS, these aren't gonna be what you want, but the bass that is there is both present, accurate, and most important to me, FAST. I love listening to EDM with these. When the bass first comes in on "Seeya" by deadmau5, you know it's there and healthy...it just doesn't smack you upside the head. :)
I cannot complain about these at all. It's all down to previous experience for me. Up till when I received these, all I had really experienced were big closed back headphones capable of really thumping, and I have a large pair of Bowers and Wilkins floor standing speakers which fill the space nicely with a decent amount of low end so this is what I am used to.
By comparison these are just a different approach to sound which when you hear reviews saying "these are bassier than xxx headphone" I had nothing to reference this to.
When it comes to electronic music, I primarily listen to deep dubs and jungle which to be honest is just better suited to other headphones by my ears.