Pros: mids,bass,relaxing/indirect [not inside-head]sound,equalizes however you want.
Cons: instrument separation,supressed treble, detailing.
I had to choose between this and hd 558 ,and after consideration i knew the 558 will take my expenses far ,with the requirement of amp and a new source dap to sound atleast good .Also it was very analytical,neutral ...not for me.
I don't know how it fares with different sources but i use it with a mobile[no amp] and it sounds good,but not so with my desktop[onboard].My motherboard is from 2009, so may be new motherboards can provide good output.
Voices ,both male and female sounds very good, and it has bass but not the deep rich bass sound the packaging would led you to believe. .I had a denon d310 before it and i thought it had good bass but after spending time with hd 518, the denons sound boomy[anyways they are not comparable].
I don't know whether to place soundstaging in pros or cons department because its a step above good, but not great,certainly not the best thing about these.You can still feel and hear it though and proper equalization helps too .
Now the treble ,its present but sounds like its being strangled by Agent 47.Its like tweeter is covered with cloth.
instrument separation is average..
Good part is u won't feel like you 're missing something and u can enjoy music [don't use <256 Kbps(min ) and with 320 u're all set..I don't think FLAC makes a difference with my mobile ] and that's what matters and if you have dedicated source u will be happier than me.I hear few notes i didn't in cheaper HPs.
Genre wise from what i listen hip-hop/rnb/club songs sounds best >pop(very close to best)/Indian Pop>rock
u can't go wrong with these.
thanks everyone who read this.