Pros: Bass is punchy and fun, playful soundstage, price to performance ratio
Cons: None at this price
I already had Sennheasier HD 25 iis which are great on-ear headphones but i wanted to try these after a good experience with the Yamaha EPH-200s. I really enjoyed the Yamaha house sound and these didn't disappoint.
I'm more about the sound, but build wise they are really good quality. The white set are really aesthetically pleasing and quite trendy. They are light but well made and I'm not scared they'll break easily. They are super comfy and the pads rest just nicely on your ears. They are quite easy to get a good fit too.
Sound - these are quality sounding earphones. they have a unique smooth, open and detailed sound coming out of them. Instantly you'll hear how BIG the sound is. There is great depth and width to the soundstage. Unlike more analytical brighter headphones which pick out details easily but sometimes lose the "fun" factor of listening to music, these still pick out plenty in your music. BUT in a different way. Their open sound and the way instruments and vocals are placed in and out of your head let you hear details in your music that you haven't heard before. again, it's not an in your face type.. it's more subtle which helps you still enjoy and engage with your music without being forced to hear microdetails in a more pin point nature. Instruments and vocals are very intelligently placed and it's great being able to hear music in this way.
Bass - Punchy and with great resolution. Really dynamic. enough punch to really maximise that fun factor, and never overdone or exaggerated.
Mids and highs - Instruments sound VERY organic and natural. the timbre is very impressive. I haven't heard instruments this good and I have LOTS of IEMs and headphones, some three times more expensive. these have been tuned excellently to really help you engage with your music and hear everything at the same time.
I never really buy into "burn in", but these definitely improved after a couple days of listening. even though they sounder good out of the box, it was like a veil was lifted after a couple of days. this improved clarity and really improved the highs. This further aided the big soundstage.
Compared to my Senn HD25iis.
The Senns have bass that is maybe has a tad more weight and resolution and is slightly more impactful, but can sound quite clinical at times. Bass on the Yams is a tiny bit smoother but still with great resolution and punch.
Mids and highs on the Senns are again brighter which may make them sound clearer, but again you can see why DJs like them as they are quite analytical. Detail is more in your face, with the Yams it's married in with the music.
Soundstage - The Yams are FAR wider and more holographic. Senns can sound very congested and narrow. The music is fixed in your head, whereas the Yams have it placed around it and with fantastic precision. Again this makes them much more fun to listen to. Live music sound great with the Yams, as does movies. I watched the new Star Wars with them and it was wonderful. i guess gaming would be good to.
Please remember that the Yams are open eared so music does leak. Not as loud though as full size sets though. in fact even at high volume they don't leak sound to much so don't worry about others being interrupted.
I like both, but prefer the Yams for enjoying and relaxing with my music.