Pros: Fairly good looking
Cons: Muffled mid-highs, high price tag for sound quality
I was rather disappointed when these arrived today, as a DJ who relies on mids and highs just as much as lows I wasn't very happy with the overall sound of these. I expected, for the price tag, a little more clarity. Instead I feel I ended up paying an extra £40 just to have the brand tattooed across the top of, what are, quite attractive headphones. My studio headphones are ATH-M50's and for DJing I had previously been using a useless pair of £15 Sony's from Argos...the jump to the HDJ500's was felt marginally in the build quality and weight and less in the sound quality - I am being rather blunt and harsh, I understand, but I honestly feel like I've been taken for a bit of a mug, by being suckered in by the name "pioneer" and a price tag that one would think would be of reasonable sound quality.
I am not someone who feels loyalty , and try to judge each product in its own right without any bias towards the marketing and brand and am more than willing to admit when I've made a wrong purchase.
In this case I think I have made a wrong choice, and am returning them whilst I look for something more suitable.
I'm sure there are those out there who are more than fine with the sound quality, though I have noticed that quite a few of the others have alluded to the muffled mid-highs, but for me the mid-highs are just as, if not more important for beat matching - (I should add I am a dance music DJ, Trance/Hardcore/DnB etc) for me I seem to use the highs to beatmatch more than the lows and I shouldn't have to be adjusting the main EQ on the fader channels (which of course will effect anything coming of the master...to the crowd) in order to compensate for what these headphones lack.
Annoyed at myself that I wasn't able to get to anywhere to sit down and compare these (not living in a city has this disadvantage) to other headphones. If there is anything I have learnt here, it is the importance of testing a product before blindly buying.
I honestly feel I could have gotten the same quality out of another set, and payed a good £40+ less.