Added Pioneer SE-MJ5 & Ultrasone HFI-15G
Well I've finally had my Sony MDR ZX700's for about a week now and as a noob I can definately hear the difference.
They have certainly improved after some burning in time as initially they sounded really tigt and harsh with not much bass - however after about 5 hours burning in they have loosened up and opened out to give a really rich warm sound with nice bass and from what I can hear a good deal of separation in the frequencies,
I've been more used to IEM's of late but these full size cans just seem to give off a nicer sound altogether - and they're not so big that you can't wear them out and about too.......
I also seem to like them unamped better too (I only have a Fiio E7 right enough).
Joker - you were right about burning them in and noticing a difference from the portapros too....
My ears like them muchly!
I recommend them to anyone - but still not many reviews of them out there.
Thanks for the update! Glad you like them.
I find myself in the category of the "unimpressed". The mids and highs were alright, but I found myself pushing them beyond their intended design in the bass area. Really nice for Electronic / DJ barring the lacking bass. They made the intro of Red Heat by Tosca sound pretty seizure inducing. I fear I will have to give up and go with some m50's or K181's. I didn't quite want to go that large, but I'm tired of searching.
My last hope was the RocNation Aviator or Klipsch Image One. I tried them both at BB today and found the Aviator to be pretty bass light. I had to pump up the bass far too much on my EQ to get anything out of them. The Klipsch wasn't a bad setup, but the mid's sounded really tinny. Very uninspiring. I'm back to my PortaPro's for rock and Turbines for most everything else...until I can snag the m50 or K181. (haven't decided on which)
I have the Image One here and I really don't see what all the fuss is about. For a bass-heavy consumer can it has nothing on the MS400. It's only got around 40 hours on it but unless it tightens up and clears up significantly, I'd say paying over $100 for it is a mistake. Oh and K181 blows the M50 away if bass impact is what you're after.