I've had these headphones for just about a month now and I thought I'd post some impressions. My backround in hifi audio was until recently limited to 2 channel rigs with an emphasis on frugality. The reality of being a poor student, then father of two young boys has severely limited my "hobby budget". Far from being sad, it has actually forced me to look for good deals, supposed "giant killers" in some cases, with a clear bias towards vintage gear. I'm thouroughly pleased with my current setup which hasn't changed in a few years: Scott 299b el84m integrated amp, heavily modified Lenco L75, Oppo dvd/cd player and Klipsch Forté I speakers. I also own a pair of Klipsch Lascalas that are patiently waiting for a dedicated listening room.
I gave that background to illustrate my taste in music reproduction: low distortion, mostly mid-centric with great seperation and, most importantly, a great dynamic range. Notice I didn't mention imaging. I don't doubt that my system could, properly placed in an adequate room, image amazingly. My current room accoustics just don't permit it. It's no big deal, the dynamic range more than trumps any "vivid 3d holographic" image, in my opinion.
Imagine my enthusiasm when I listened to these heaphones after some light mods. They notch all of the desired aformentioned qualities and deliver consistent results night after night. This is, sadly, not the case with 2 channel rigs which often compete with outside noise (I don't remember hearing crying babies and loud fridges in this track?!). I feel that the sound signature is in the same family as the Klipsch heritage speakers, designed by Mr.Klipsch who, reportedly, placed the midrange above all else. "The music is in the midrange" as he was quoted to say.
In many ways, I'd compare the T50s to the Lascalas: low distortion, superior dynamic range and seperation. I'd add that the T50s have an even better timbral accuracy, to my ears at least, probably due to the all horn nature of the Lascalas which can slightly alter the timbre. Every instrument sounds so unique with these, it's astounding. The same things which may drive someone away from the Lascalas might also turn someone off of the T50s (with my mods at least): slightly rolled off extremes, especially in the sub bass, a somewhat forward presentation or what some might hear as a shouty midrange. All in all, there are far more things going for these phones than against. They are keepers and have brought much joy in rediscovering old music.
I apologize if this post doesn't add to the DIY mod discussion, I just felt like posting my favourable impressions on my audio buy of the year, or maybe ever.