Pros: comfortable, looks (if you like them, but I think they're ugly)
Cons: feel cheap, bad sound esp for the price, expensive
I listened to these out of my iphone at the apple store the other day while waiting for my genius bar ticket to come up for my busted ipod. I was expecting them to be built really well, and sound decent. I was not impressed.
Some say they like the looks. I think they look like something that is cheap but meant to look classy. Like one of those ritzy prefab homes. But clearly some think they look cool.
They were much smaller in person than in pictures.
I was expecting great build quality from the impressions I read, which I appreciate in a headphone, but the metal on these is for looks. They don't actually seem built better than any other well made plastic headphone to me, either by feel, or by looks. I think my ath-M50 could take more abuse than these.
The sound was not impressive. I was shocked because I was expecting something that was warm, forgiving, rich, maybe something like my old K240 sextetts. But they managed to sound muffled and shrill at the same time. Quite an achievement- if something is going to be warm, rolled off, and muffled you'd at least expect it to be rich and smooth. But the upper mids were shrill, and the mids were muffled and lacked detail. The rest of the spectrum was nothing to write home about. My ath-M50 are more comfortable, look better, are 1/3 the price, and sound better in every way, regardless of source.
The one positive thing I can say is that they are very comfortable for supra-aural cans. They way the pads sit on the outer edges of the ear, while the leather covers the ear spreads the weight nicely. But my circum-aural m50 is more comfortable and isolates better and is not much bigger- smaller in fact since it folds up.
Keep in mind, I listened to these at the apple store. I wouldn't have posted this review if they were open cans, but since they are fairly isolating, I didn't feel like that environment had much impact on my impressions. I would buy these if you love how they look. But if you are interested in sound quality, there are much cheaper alternatives that sound better, are also happily driven from ipods and isolate equally well or better. ATH-M50, srh-840 and AKG K271 (if you like a bass light sound) are a few that come to mind.