I would love a review sample. I have a few short impressions of random headphones that I have scattered about here (I'll look for them). I've never made a full, detailed review of anything, but this would be the perfect excuse.
EDIT, found two of them. I'll post the impressions here to save time of going through the threads:
Sony PFR-V1, really really short listening session, so really short impressions"And lo and behold, there were PFR V1s on the listening booth! I've been wanting to hear them for God knows how long, so I did.
They are aurgasmic. The mids are just right, the bass is punchy while still being tight, the highs were pretty, the soundstage was incredible, and they were obviously very airy. And this is all underamped, most likely. They completely demolished my other headphones in every aspect, even in a loud environment. Then I looked at the price. They were good, but not $400 good. That's getting into Sigma range, which is my dream headphone."
Beyerdynamic DT220 20 ohms I felt sick when I made this, but I wanted to throw in my 2 cents. My review will be MUCH better than this:"I personally think they can hold their own, maybe even outperform the K271. During the short time I listened to the V6 and DT770, I preferred the DT220 to them.
I'll describe the sound and some comparisons in a few sentences. The bass is rather tight, deeper than the K271. They have much less bass than the DT770, but more detailed. Too polite for bass heavy electronic tracks.
The mids are forward. Not Grado forward, but more than neutral. Male vocals have a nice amount of body, female voices are not as good as the K271.
The treble is nice, not piercing, not too mellow, not quite sparkley, but getting there. Suitable for jazz and the like. Saxophones sing with these.
Soundstage isn't the biggest in the world imo, but I've been spoiled with ATs. It's smaller than the K271, but a bit more precise. I didn't get the chance to really listen to the soundstage of the DT770 or V6.
Details are very prevalent, well for the price I paid ($30), heck even compared to everything I've heard <$100. Lyrics for pretty much any artist I've listened to are completely clear, save Coheed, which must be intentionally garbled . In classical, every instrument is easy to discern.
The driver housing presses onto the ear and starts to hurt after a while. If you can, I'd try to make pads, but I've tried to make thicker pads but they always kill the sound. The vinyl pads get really warm after a while too.
Open isn't a word I'd describe them as, but they aren't exactly congested. It's much more open sounding than the DT770 imo, but no where near open can level, obviously.
There isn't as much airiness as I'd like, but I really can't complain for the price I got them."
I really don't have all that much experience owning many hifi iems, but I have listened to the ER4 and would try to compare the two from memory, which admittedly isn't the best resource, but I'm sure many would want a comparison, so I'm here for that. I would also compare them to the K271, DT220, and the K500 I should have coming. I would be pleasantly surprised and would support Head-Direct/Hifiman for many years to come if in fact they surpass even full sized headphones in some areas, which is certainly feasible from reading impressions of these. Unrelated, but I am firmly set on buying the HE5s or whatever new revision you have of them when I have the money, in a few years. You do great work!
I would most likely have a nice CDP (Maybe an S7700) by the time you could send a sample to me, so I have a decent source other than an iPod.
I really can't promise a review on par with what Larry can do, but I'll try to do these as much justice as I can with as many different genres and songs as possible.
Plus, technology hates me recently. My mini3 isn't working anymore, but I most certainly could try to fix it and use that as an amp. If not, I could overdo it and use my HK receiver as an amp. My K271's cable needs to be replaced, my EX082 died, I blew my KSC75's driver (I didn't even leave my iron on for more than a few seconds!), and the only iems I currently have are Skullcandies. Don't you want to cut me some slack and give me some top tier iems?
Oh, and I'm Asian, so the appendage would fit nicely in my ears!
Thanks for this amazing giveaway!
I just realized how long this post is, haha.