Originally Posted by JMBrown
I'm very interested in purchasing these. I just got a new iPod, and I absolutely hate those iconic white earbuds. I listen to mostly punk/alternative/some hip-hop/occasional classical. I definitely like bass, but don't want it to be overwhelming or muddy. Will these fit my preferences?
At certain times during hip hop/rap session, the K81 showed its flaws to over reproduce bass thus resulting some bass boom and bloat. Relief at this point is there's no sign of high roll-offs and instructment separation is very good for headphone this compact. I was somewhat disillusioned when timbre was way too colored for my liking as well as the lack of decay.
Today I'll focus on jazz and lounge. Hopefully some shortings could be minimized by burn-in. I'm expecting about 100 hour burn-in for the true sound to reveal. I think we got a winner on our hands.
These headphones provide so so isolation and little bit of sound leakage. Better than open cans in that regard, but no way near closed circumaural cans.