If you look closely it's quite clear these are orthos. (click on image for enlargement)
I would really love to crack these open and play with the damping around the drivers because the mids and high bass are much too forward and shouty which drowns out the nice subtle but precise highs, and makes the bass seem very bloated and unrefined - which is far from the truth.
If I make quite a deep 'U' shape EQ from around 100Hz sloping gently up to 1000KHz (to flatten the fairly monstrous hump in the sound) everything becomes clear and more present and the soundstage clears up nicely.
The mids are not as present or detailed as my Yamaha HP-3, but overall I think there is a huge amount of potential. The deep bass and lower extension is just as good as my HP-3 and the highs are similarly smooth and non fatiguing. It's not an instant classic, but without damping and a decent EQ these produce a good sound... I just wish they were actually bearable to wear my Grados are refreshingly comfortable in comparison. They clamp the ears quite badly... fortunately I've got small ears and a few years of experience with Grados so I'm not too bothered.
But God I have to stop looking at '70s orthos.. I want them aaaaaalllll
Edited by takato14 - 9/12/12 at 1:35pm