A couple of weeks back, I asked the HeadFi community on which headphones I should purchace, and after much consideration i went with the Shure SRH750s. (which actually seem to be quite a new headphone, released in Nov 2009)
Theres been some talk on various websites including headfi but its not substantial so hopefully this will add to some of the discussion. Now it should be noted that this is my first pair of actual quality headphones so anyone should feel free to correct me in any aspect. Because of this, I'm probably not the best person to look at for an acutal review so look around a little more if you're a potential buyer.
Now you might wonder why im starting with this first, but this was (is?) the largest drawback of these headphones. When i first got them, I almost decided to return them immediately. The headband is a quite flat (if anyone wants pics ill upload some), so it pokes at the tip of your skull like a pressure point. For maybe the first 30 minutes or so they're fine, but after that it can get really uncomfortable (maybe even a little painful).
However, I gave them a chance (mainly because I'm kinda cheap and returning would mean paying for shipping), so I crossed my fingers and kinda hoped for the best. I also bent the headphones on the middle maybe for 30 second durations a couple times a day. Aftear around a week or so, the "pressure point" feeling completely dissapeared. When I use them I can forget they're even there.
In terms of clamping, the SRH750s are just right for me. They aren't too clampy, but you do feel them there. I can wear them for pretty much an entire day without discomfort (and my head is probably larger than average).
This aspect is probably the defining feature of these headphones. The bass is amazing. Its clear and distinct, but not overpowering or muddy. You can definietly feel the bass though. I listened to Heartbeet in the open your ears album and I could hear the bass all the way down to the lowest frequency (or rather feel/hear).
Nothing too much about mids/highs. They aren't bad, but if you're looking for headphones that have great mids/highs these might not be for you. Theyre good, especially considering the incredible bass, but they dont shine. Mids/highs are pretty clear so no complaints there. Again they're pretty good, but not great.
Since these are closed headphones, soundstage isn't really something that warrants much discussion. Compared to open headphones, these definietly lack in soundstage. If you need a really good set of gaming headphones, or just overall enjoy soundstage, look around on headfi I'm sure there are threads that can help you out. Howvever, compared to other closed headphones, these seem to have great soundstage. Probably best I have heard on closed headphones.
These seem to be headphones that handle all music pretty well. I listen to classcial, electronic, pop. rock/soft rock, techno, and trance mainly and these headphones shine in all of those genres. Havn't tried it with hiphop since im not much of a hiphop fan, but with the bass on these im sure they'll sound fantastic. If anyone is looking for a well balanced set of headphones around $100, the SRH 750s would be my first recomendation.
I've read mixed reviews of whether these headphones need an amp or not, so I'm going to address that a little. Just for a little disclaimer; I do not own an amp and I have never tried these with an amp. However, This entire review (and comparison to other headphones) are all written without an amp, so that might just indicate that an amp is not necessary (however the other headphobnes were also not amped, but were played with the same sources). There is no distortion or clicking or any kind of sound other than just the music. With a Zune HD I use these up to around 15-20/30 volume. For my laptop and desktop I usually hover around 15 on the Windows 7 volume control with Winamp maxed out on volume.
Compared to other headphones:
Couple of my friends own the Beats, Grados (or Alessandro) M2is, and the Senns HD555s and these headphones defnitely can compete with all of them. Beats probably aren't even worth talking about as these headphones are better than those in every way. If anyone reading this is considering beats, please please don't get them. I'm a total newb regarding headphones and even I can tell they're not worth the money. As for the m2is and the HD555s, the SRH750s seems to be a balance of both of those. It shares some clarity with the m2is, but the M2is still seem clearer though not by much. Soundstage isn't as great as the HD555s but its still pretty decent. The bass for the SRH750s is definietly better than both the M2is and the HD555s. Overasll handing of all types of music probably goes in the order of SHR750>M2i>HD555s. If you listen to classical a lot, the HD555s are better than the SRH750s.
They're probably as portable as possible for DJ style headphones. They fold up nicely into kinda a ball thing and Shure includes a bag for you to put them in. I can put them into a backpack to take to school.
These headphones are probably some of the most durable ive seen/felt. The drivers are competely protected and feel like they're not going to break even by dropping or poking really really hard. The band is really durable also and feels like it can last. The overall headphone does creak a little, but that is to be expected with the plastic that its made out of (abet extremely high qualtiy plastic).
Coiled is kinda annoying. I bought a straight cable for these headphones and they're coming at around Tuesday of this week, so if anyone is curious about them just let me know.
Personally I think they look pretty nice. Definietly nothing I would feel awkward about wearing on campus. Really its up to you whether they look nice or not so google around.
Music used: Generally just music I own from my favorite genres and such. Open Your Ears (album) was also used.
Any questions feel free to ask!