I know amazon reviews have to be taken with a grain of salt. Usually I pay no attention to them. This time however I did read a lot of those because there is very little info around. There were some nice reviews. Lot of comparison between these and sony mdr-v6 for example. Of course it takes a lot digging a round to find the reviews that are worth a damn.
I think those ath-s were released in 1995 maybe even 1994. Originally sold for 150$ which I think was a lot for headphones back then. They charged premium and it was build premium also. Cable and the plug is very nice. I like how the cable is connected inside the cups. It is connected with a thing similar to this http://kalajuttu.files.wordpress.com/2007/04/kuuvalot_sokeripala.jpg
So if the cable comes off it can be repaired with just a screwdriver. Also handy if you want to change the cable. Not that many people have soldering irons at recording studio :)
I know that age of the headphones might be a turnoff for some people but when you think of it headphones seem to evolve at a lot slower pace than most stuff. Think of old beyerdynamic, senn hd600, old stax etc... Hehe sennheiser orpheus was released in 1991. Technology to make good headphones has been around for a long time, people with money to pay for that technology is a newer thing.
Those pro monitor at the top of my list are fischer audio fa-003/brainwavz hm5 clones sold by jaycar. People say those sound like closed back hd600. I somewhat agree, there are a lot of similarities. Of course properly amped hd600 is superior, but with lower end gear the difference is not that much. Pro monitor don't scale up that much with better equipment. In that sense Takstar hi2050 is better. That was the main reason I prefer takstars over pioneers. Pioneers sound better with bad gear but it doesnt get that much better with gear upgrade.
I will try evo's some day, also those 669 and few other superluxes. I still need to hear atleast mdr-v6, koss pro dj100 and some other higly recommended budget cans. Next week I'll be getting takstar pro80. I think I'm about half way in my project. I plan on trying all of the most hyped cheap headphones.
Ok, I have not heard half of the hyped cheapos. More like 1/3 at best. I actually made a list of the headphones I'm still missing. Feel free to add to the list, if you guys think I'm missing something. I also need new source and amp for reviewing all the headphones. Something cheap that average person would likely have If budget for headphones is less 100$. Propably cheap fiio system or something...
Still have not heard the following:
Sony Mdr-V6 / Sony mdr-7506
Koss Pro Dj100
Superlux (many models)
Audio Technica ath-m30
Sennheiser PX 100-IIi
Beyerdynamic dt 235
Beyerdynamic dt 231
Philips citiscape uptown / downtown
Edited by Beocord - 2/14/14 at 3:52am