Pros: Smooth Clear Sound, Great Price
Cons: Stock Pads
After reading many reviews on Head-fi and trying to find the right pair of over the ear headphones, I finally found a winner.
First got the HTX7PP, while happy with it, I wanted more. Then moved on to the hyped HTF600, I found my pair to be muddy and slow, even after lots of burn in. Next I tried the 8323 from Monoprice, way too bassy and returned it do to a shorted out left speaker.
Finally I came across the HM3, on SUPER sale. I could not pass it up. ($26.66 USD!!!)
Even before burn it, the sound signature was what I was looking for. Not too bright, forward mids and just the right amount of punchy bass.
Comfort wise, you really need to bend the headband a lot to shape them to fit. Not too hard to do though. As for the stock pads, I have smaller ears, so they fit as Over-the-Ear for me, but just barely. This causes my ears to get sore as they are slightly smooshed in between the pads. They also make my ears warm after a short amount of time.
So fix this problem I took the extra set of round HM3 pads, took out the padding and retrofit them with the oval Beyerdynamic EDT 250. I could not be happier with the results.
Now after the new pads and sufficient burn in, I can clearly and FINALLY say, this is the pair I have been waiting for! Perfect blend of Highs, Mids and Lows. Almost a darker sound, but clear sounds across the range. The EDT 250 Pads are AMAZING. So comfortable. I can wear these for hours.
For some, this might not be the best deal. Even at normal sale prices, theses are around $40 USD with a MSRP of around $60 USD. At that price range, they compete, but are not the best value. Even more so if you have to pay to get different pads.
For me, I got everything for just under $50 USD (HM3 + EDT 250 Velor Pads) and at the price, wow, I would love to see if there is anything that can come close in terms of sound.
*Note*: These CAN be had for this price range if you go with the re-branded versions of the Fischer FA-004 / Brainwavz HM3, by getting the Incipio F38. The F38 runs about $30 USD and is the same as the FA-004 / HM3, a REAL steal. Plus they come in lots of fun colors, kinda wish I got the Espresso version. Cool color scheme.
Though, there is nothing wrong with some simple black headphones.