Pros: detail. minimal leakage, soundstage
Cons: hollow, bass sucks, looks sturdy but not. could keep going
I need to try and be fair with these headphones. but its hard with such a disappointing experience.
bass adjustment is not a gimmick
bass is loose with no real presence
easily damaged with high volumes due to the thin membrane
pads feel uncomfortable(easy fix)
distorts at high volumes
I could get by if the bass was present and sounded a little hollow because it would fill up the sound a little. But I have heard other Beyers and recorded with the dt 770 and cant remember the bass being that flabby. Flabby bass plus V shaped hollow sound and harsh sibilance=wack. Its like its there but it's not ...so weird. I have never heard a headphone do that. The four positions are cool to have and a great thing to have but for me I would much rather prefer one that didnt have it and just did it right to begin with. Position 1 is absolutely useless, sounding so thin and horrible that you can't even understand who would use it. They should have left it at three and made it more present. 4 is loud but Its hard to explain a bass that is loud but not really there. Its like some thing is missing.
At loud volumes they rattle and do all sorts of weird things. These definitely are not made for the modern <35 listener and can't even imagine them for someone over 35 because they are so sibilant and hurt my youthful ears. I blast my ears btw with other cans and love loud music (prob shouldn't) but when plugged into my my late version iMac they hurt my ears. I have never heard headphones do this. This may sound stupid and trust me I am no beats advocate but I would actually recommend those over these. You would lose detail but these hurt my ears more than those for some reason. I would never buy either and hate even mentioning Beats. But wow what a disappointment. I lost my hdj2000 headphones and was hoping to get something to reach lower. But the hdj 2000 blow these away, though the COPS do reach a little lower. But its like it reached down into the well of bass and grabbed mud instead of water.
I will say that If you listen at average volumes you will find clarity but the sound too hollow.
I DO NOT RECOMMEND THESE. i was so excited to finally get the headphones that I read reviews about specifically headphonia. But wow do these things blow.
You can say I have a faulty pair and they need break in.
Well first of all break in never changes the over all first impression of the sound of the headphones by a whole lot. So in general you may get improvements but its not like hearing a whole new headphone and the gripes are far to deep to imaging these being able to pull above them with burn in.
I think beyer has good quality control. So I imagine the super thin membrane to be a flaw though its an assumption. Why build something so delicate for the commercial consumer IDK?
EDIT: I wrote this as a total newbie and still am but have learned a bit more. Maybe my tastes have changed but I do remember these headphones being really bad. The airy detailed sound may suit some but these lack the fullness and body that make it an engaging listen. It was the worst let down ever in my headphone experiences.