Pros: closed circumaural design, 80ohm design allows use on portables in a pinch, very comfortable
Cons: Eardrum-piercing sibilance prior to break in completion, break in is quite long
I'll preface my review with that I am not a seasoned audiophile, so I don't know all of the jargon, but I do appreciate good sound, and I like what I hear in these. They are by far the best sounding headphones I have ever listened to.
Granted my collection of headphones is very limited.
I was looking for a closed circumaural design, primarily because I find circumaural cans to be the most comfortable, and I like the isolating effect of closed designs (less sound out to annoy others, less noise in to annoy me).
These headphones work very well in that regard. I have occasionally even flown with them. Who needs active noise canceling, when these work as well as they do? Though while flying, a portable dedicated headphone amp definitely helps.
The biggest negative with these is the break-in. I almost returned the headphones when I first got them as I found the highs PAINFUL and piercing. at first break-in didn't seem to help, but as a "hail Mary" I left them on for a couple of weeks playing music I enjoy and it did the trick.
These headphones are not neutral monitors for sure. at the same time, I feel like their reputation for being overly bassy is a little undeserved. often when listening to music I feel like using an equalizer to up the bass a bit. That being said, I listen to a lot of 80s stuff where the bass isn't very prominent in the mix.
Overall, I feel like I got a set of great sounding headphones for a relatively low price. I am happy with them.
If I knew what I know now when buying them, I may have opted for the 250ohm versions though.