Pros: Extremly sturdy and good sound
Cons: Not that good looking if you ask me.
I bought the HD 212 pro when they were fresh in the shops some 8 years ago and I have used them up to this day. And I have used them practically every day since! That alone is amazing for the quality.
Due to exchangeable parts through the years - cord (6 or 7 times) and ear pads (only ones) - the lifespan is epic!
I have used them mainly for my media player, there for this review is suppose to be understood as used with digital audio formats such as quality mp3s from a minimum of 192 or higher and looseless audio such as FLAC. I have not used these for listening to vinyl or any other superior format or other additional amplifying. I started out with a portable cd-player and to my recollection I was extremely satisfied with the quality of sound, listening to now classic albums such as Radiohead - Kid A and Autechre - Tri repetae, to name two favorites.
In that light, these headphones still sound really nice played from a good media player! ( I have had Cowon players trough the years, which are great. ) The HD 212 pro, have a great bass response, distinct highs and a clear mid. They lack in room, warmth and clear distinctiveness when listening to looseless and analog formats but in this price range nothing ells is to expect.
I really cant imagine a better set of headphones in this price range to be used for media players (due to amplifying limits), that is of this quality in both sound and endurance!
They have been a lovingly dear friend to me for 8 years and I am now retiring them to a slow and easy life in front of the computer, out of harms way in dj-booths and rainy streets.