Pros: Detailed highs, (u-shaped FR,slightly relatively recessed mids, bumped bass and highs),cups look good, adequate accessories, very deep and ample bass
Cons: long wait time,uncomf. headband(hard rails),heavy,velour pads sound strange,faulty finish(dust in polish),you may like brighter mids,not easy to drive
The first pic is the actual color of my pair (Beech dark nut). The rest are done with a flash, so excuse the strange color and flash flare.
Order and misc
These took two months from order to arrival, so keep in mind the 2w make time and 2w shipping is very optimistic to say the least. Getting a moneybookers account is also a bit of a hassle.
Design,finish and comfort
The cups look pleasing, but the finish is dodgy (handmade and unique ). You can see the lettering for the logo is not complete (M missing). The white spots on the cups are dust (or small wood chips ) BUT, I wiped the hp before the pics were taken. This dust is what settled on the HP while the coating was drying. (not good). The headband plastic bits feel solid, but look/feel a bit strange/cheap (IMO) (bit like denon ah-d100x)
Comfort: no complaints about the earpads - they're flush and feel nice. I do find it annoying that you have to pull them off the plastic holder to swap between the velour and (p?)leather ones (they could include 2 extra plastic holders IMO). The headband is appalling. The side that rests on the top of your head is made of 2 rails and the padded bit. The rails are higher than the padded bit. After about 5 minutes you start to feel the hard plastic or metal rails digging into your skull. WT# were FA thinking there is anyone's guess. It gets worse: the cups are very heavy, the headphones probably have a mass of about 500g. Coupled with the great headband I get neck and head aches .
Isolation is ok. You can hear yourself type and traffic outside with no music, but it's fine once you have something playing at reasonable levels.
Out of the box and connected to the MD11's dark amp they sounded horrible (boomy bass, acid highs). After about 100h burn-in and wearing in the the pleather,pads they sound better. But the main sound sig will not change.
I still find these rather dark (mids) and u-shaped (bass and highs emphasized) and some will definitely prefer relatively more mids. IMO - Unless you have an amp with prominent mids you will find the mids are dipped. E.g. it's fairly clear on Yulong D100 (u-shaped FR), when I briefly connected them to it before packing the D100 up.
(I still think the velour pads sound strange/not good at all even after wearing those for about 3 nights).
That said, connected to an amp with bright mids they sound good. The bass is outstanding in both the depth and the amount. I've probably only heard something similar in LCD-2 connected to very expensive amps (002w isn't quite as deep, but still great). The highs are bright, and the mids still slightly recessed, but overall it's a lot better than when I initially got them. Still, the overall sound is not unpleasant for modern music, and ok for classical. (bright mids + FA-002w = neutral-ish in my book)
They're fairly difficult to drive from a portable player. My Cowon D2 is set to about 40-5 for modern music, and about 44-50 for classical.
Well, I don't think they're the best thing since sliced bread... The u-shaped sound sig, unless you match it with an amp with bright mids (and I doubt there are many good ones around), coupled with poor comfort and long order/delivery times are to say the least off-putting. Finally, $300 + shipping is not cheap.
PS. a side-note on bass - if you boost FA-002w's lower end by about 2db on 30hz, 1db 50hz, it goes even deeper than before. In comparison, FA-002w's bass is probably about 40-60hz deeper (and +8-10 db louder) than 48e and 20-30 than SR-507 (and 4-6db louder). It's interesting to see what's missing from DT48e and SR-507. Does it make a difference? Not so much for classical, but for metal, rock etc certainly =\ For classical for old recordings it's better to have brighter mids (to make out what's actually going on ). But for easy listening, probably would be nice to have the lower end too :\