When going from the lower end of the product range upwards, there is a clear change of pattern in the way the headphones are designed. Compared to the higher end of the product range, this is somewhat similar to the HD 650 and HD 800 headphones in the that they require amplifiers and don’t isolate sound, thus deeming them for a specific use.
While these headphones are in the middle of the range, they probably stand out from the whole range in the way they look, they have a plush premium metal mesh and sophisticated burl wood accents give them an ultra classy look, but the feel is another aspect of these headphones that takes on an exotic experience with luxurious velour ear pads for long listening sessions.
Similar to its counterparts on the high end range, these are high-end open circamaural (they cover the ear) headphones and use an innovative Eargonomic Acoustic Refinement (E.A.R.) which channel audio signals directly into your ears.
Some customer rate this as 85% of a HD 650 and more suitable for an Ipod/Iphone as they headphone can operate on less power than the HD 650. Other customers report that they find they took some time to get used to the sound of these as they feel like a large sound stage, whereas your average headphones are more immediate and everything sounds upfront. This makes them ideal for classic music as it allows the listener to distinguish the various instruments clearly, but also for any music that uses multiple instruments like Jazz, and any type of band music.
A drawback is that these headphones are less forgiving with lower quality music and anything less than FLAC, APE or 320 kpbs Mp3s. Additionally, they do not come with a carrying case which makes them harder to move around.
While many have come to love these headphones, some have had a hard time getting used to them, and it is probably related to expectation, especially when are making our first leap to more expensive headphones, and can’t seem to tell the difference in subtleties between the cheaper headphones and the more expensive ones.
Based on the above, it may be worthwhile to consider purchasing them from an authorized dealer which some sort of satisfaction guarantee, and ensure you listen to them on a daily basis just to see if you can begin to pick up the subtleties, that is, if you need that kind of detail or you just want to appreciate your music more.
At the end of the day, we are looking for ‘better’ music experiences, and while these headphones may be your solution, they are not everyone’s solution, therefore, one must do their homework, and follow the right process.