Pros: Big sound, very live, tons of energy, lack of obvious nasties in sound
Cons: Lack refinement of higher priced offerings
Heard these at a gaming convention. Wanted to buy a pair riht there and then, but they were not allowed to sell them at the con, so I went to their site, picked up the black/gold version with a 40% discount. Sixty bucks for these seems like I stole them. Here's why...
They sound FANTASTIC!!! I never heard the v1's, but I own a pair of sennheiser 650's, also a pair 590's, Audio Technica M50's, shure e4's. I like listening to these more!
I'm not saying they're better. I'm saying I like listening to them ALOT more than any set of headphones I've ever placed on my ears!
They have a very energetic presentation of music without showing an obvious fault in the audio spectrum. The bass gets nice and big when the music needs it, but isn't boomy or excessive like the M50's tend to be. They remind me most of the Senn 590's, with a very lively presentation, but a richer midband, and without the screechy highs I've endured with the 590's. Another way they remind me of the 590's is their comfort. These two headphones are the only two I could literally fall asleep wearing.
Unlike the 650's sorta blandly even presentation, the Siberia V2's sound big, alive, without getting too in your face about it. They have energy without overhyping the bass or the treble to do it. And I have the 650's hooked up to a Benchmark DAC1 USB, while the Siberias are plugged into my Asus Xonar's headphone slot. I've done some opamp mods to the card, but the Benchmark is still the superior headphone amp, with the 'superior' headphones attached, and I enjoy listening to the Siberias.
I have noticed that, with some complex music, that the Senn's stay composed alot better, seperating instruments in the mix better, but I really have to listen to the mixes to notice it. when I'm just listening for enjoyment, I prefer the Siberias.
I don't mean to imply anything except this. Spending alot on the Senn 650's didn't bring me to the audio nirvana I hoped for. The cans aren't my cup of tea. they didn't endear themselves to me the way the 590's did in the past. I guess I like a more lively presentation, and I don't want to say that they're bad, or that the Siberias are better.
But they are, for long periods of time, a VERY enjoyable set of headphones that allow me to connect to the energy of the music. they haven't worn on me, nor have I noticed any glaring faults with them, especially for their price. They're REDICULOUSLY good for their price, and a joy to wear for long periods of time, both for comfort, and for musical enjoyment. They remind me of the Senn 590's, but richer sounding, without sacrificing the energy of the music. But those headphones weren't too popular around here, and there's a good chance these won't be, either, but man to they make music sound alive!
My only advice to anyone who has ever looked at these headphones. Do anything you can to try these out! They are the real deal! They sound better than they have any right to at their price point, and while I would NEVER claim they are the best headphones out there, you might find, like I did, that they are more enjoyable and bring more joy to you and your music than anything else you've tried so far.