Pros: excellent sound,non fatiguing, Mids, Easy to drive, very musical.Forgiving
Cons: Retail expensive, light highs
I am new here and had headaches reading about headphones. I am no audiophile and just have a laptop to enjoy my music from. No "gear" as yet. I love vocals so no V shaped signature for me. I had budget of about 250 USD and was looking for a closed can because, curiously, I thought that they sound better.
I think it’s too bad that most of us have to buy headphones without getting the chance to actually listen to them so I went to guitar center and tried AT-M50 and Shure SRH 840. I bought SRH 840 and was very excited. However, after using them for a few days, I found 840s to be very very heavy and not that musical. I define musicality as something in the sound signature that makes your music pleasing.
So I returned the Shure and went to best buy and tried few headphones like Senheiser HD 380, HD 558, B&W p5, ATH AD900, AKG 501(or 550) because these were the major brands I had read about here. I used Best buy set up music and my own GS3 for comparisons. After I was not much impressed with any of the above, I stumbled upon Pioneer mj 591 for price of 300 USD. I was blown away. They sounded so good out of both sources. So I wrote down its name and decided to do some research about it. To my surprise, it was not a much favored headphone here at head fi. After some help from members here in related thread, I ordered it online for 180 USD and have been enjoying it for a few days.
I don’t know what the hoopla is about it not being audiophile quality. They sound detailed enough to me. They are very comfortable and I wore them for about 8 hours on very first day. Design is solid too.
Sound signature is very pleasant with emphasis on Mids. Bass is very nice but not that much punch. I was surprised to see this headphone in basshead club. Highs are really light and you need to EQ them. I am not a big treble fan anyway because too much of it makes my ears hurt.
They are very easy to drive and I have forgotten about Fiio amp I was reading about. They can be very loud. I think I know the difference between loudness and sound quality and with a little EQing in the foobar, they give me perfect sound.
I am very very happy with them and I thought I should contribute a little information on this under rated headphone.