Pros: Great sound, large and comfortable, lots of detail
Cons: Build quality is not good, requires a lot of burn in, a bit too much high end
I was looking for a decent pair of cans for music mastering, and I picked these up on an local online auction for $20CAD, which is a wicked price considering that these retail for around $200. Nevertheless, I will talk about these without cost in mind.
These headphones needed a lot of burn in time. While the snares and cymbals were razor sharp (sharp enough to cause pain sometimes), the sub bass lacked any oomph. After than however, they were great. That extra high end helps pick out small details especially in vocals and percussion. Low bass instruments have a lot of detail as well, with good balance as well. Overall, awesome sound for $200.
Compared to many higher priced headphones, these perform better than average, but when it comes to build quality, we can see where the cuts were made. The whole headphone is made of cheap feeling plastic that creaks and rattles. At low volumes, it can be distracting. The headband, while comfortable, is too big for most heads. Putting a rubber band between them solves this problem, but Audio Technica should have done some more testing with this. The cable is fantastic, thick and covered in fabric, but I did have to replace them after about a year. Your mileage will depend on your use and how well you take care of your gear.
These are very large headphones, and comfort is outstanding. I can wear these headphones for long periods of time without a problem. Although the headband is going to be a problem with some users, I do prefer the auto-adjusting nature of them, and so I also use them for DJing.
Overall, these are good for people who thing audio quality exceeds build quality in importance. I would keep them for home and studio use, since they may be a little too big for outdoor use.