I agree with the review pretty strongly, and I think I need to get used to the sound. I have listened to them for only two days so far, so I'm still noticing the subtle differences, well... that and my amp probably is the weak point (Furman PL-8C powering everything, AMB Gamma 2 dac usb to rca to little dot mkiii tube amp with cbs-hytron JHY-6AK5 1952 nos tubes and stock power tubes, double helix copper cable to hd800s) These aren't as bright as the akg k702, or mdr-sa5000s I have, but they definitely have this peak, which I find to be slightly fatiguing. I find them slightly more pleasant than my akgs, but I am not quite sure it was worth it. I think I am going to have to analyze them.
The re-cable is copper, but my friend, well he, uhm.... well... cut the jack of the sennheiser stock cables and used them in "balanced mode" on a indeed single tube hybrid amp... which he was correct in saying was a p.o.s. (but it is cheep). Long story short I don't really have recollection of how they sounded. He also did that to this custom cable (Double Helix cable), but I forced him to solder on a new jack, this cable is pretty short though.
Thanks for the great review
Edited by bwhsh8r - 12/2/10 at 8:25pm