After seeing more photos of these and the size I am really interested in how these stack up against some of the favored smaller closed headphones available at different price points. Smaller, semi-portible, closed, isolating headphones.
At the $100 Level:
Sennheiser HD-280, Sony MDR-7506, Shure SRH-440
At the $200+ Level:
Beyerdynamic DT 250, HD-380, Shure SRH840, Sony MDR-7509HD
From the looks and description of the B&W's i'm willing to pay 50-100 for the design, look, comfort, and appointments provided its all "there". I am looking for these to perform at a level that at least puts them in competition (unamped) with some of the $200 level options and also has clear sonic attributes that set it apart from the $100 options (unamped).
You have to keep in mind that these are B&W so while you are paying for sound quality, you also are paying some for design, aestetics, appointments, etc. Personally I am looking for this to be a great feeling/looking closed semi-portable option for unamped listening that sounds as good as options available at the $200 level.