Pros: Comfortable, Light, Good Isolation, Traveler sturdy, Excellent Sound
Cons: Clearly designed in the 70`s (not that bad actually)
I got them today but I was able to give them a 4 hour listening sesh immediately. I A, B, C, veiwed them againstthe Shure srh440, Pioneer HDJ1500 and Apex HP96. The first thing I noticed was the lightweight but nice grip similar to the SRH440 in feel but not as tight as the Pio`s. The clarity is on par with the SRH`s and clearly ahead of both the Pioneer and Apex offerings. Also the bass that I missed in the Shure`s was present and clear immediately in the sony`s but it didn`t have the depth or slight mud of the pioneer`s and apex headphones (the Pioneer`s sound almost identical to the Apex`s even though the Apex set is half the price). Those where the main reasons I choose the Sony`s.
During my 4 hour set with them I quickly realized that I was wearing sound gold.
I listen to a lot of Bass heavy music that has a lot of upper mid, treble and subtle background noise.
I tested them with:
Burial- You Hurt Me
Clams Casino-I`m God
I definitely did they whole ``heard new things`` moment through out all songs. But `You Hurt Me`` stood out the most because of the subtleties I now heard in the backgrounds of the song.
It`s super comfortable for long sessions because of its light weight, and because its very simply built with a leather headband, metal arms and hard plastic cups it acheives the feeling of being battle ready.
Also, they caused no ear fatigue.
Though my AKG K172`s might have more clarity it lacks the bass and comfort of the MDR-7509`s. My DT770 pro80`s may have more bass and similar comfort level, their to hot and heavy for portability, plus their a little to power hungry.
An excellent portable can all in all. I would pay $210 for these for sure so $85(used)-$150(new in canada) is a steal.