Upgraded my V6-stages to the V8. After a couple of weeks with them, I offer my impressions.
First order of business: So. Much. More. Bass. Especially mid bass, not a whole lot more sub bass. Any track you have with a tight punchy kick drum will knock your socks off. 1964's comparison chart shows the mids of the V6-Stages as being heightened compared to the V8: that is completely accurate. However, you can see that the chart shows the same treble levels between the two but it's definitely tuned differently. The treble drivers / tweeters are positioned as far away from the tips as possible even when compared to the v6 stages. There isn't nearly as much upper mids as the V6-stages, and I find the treble much more natural. It's a little rolled off like in real life or with high end hi fi systems, as opposed to being extended with the V6-stages which can get fatiguing with sibilant tracks. I don't miss any of the details though, it's all there, just placed further back and IMHO, more realistic.
Imaging, clarity and separation are just as good as the V6S for sure. The massive amounts of bass helps fill out the soundstage compared with the V6S, you can definitely crank these up.
If you don't like tons of bass... do not bother with these. I'm somewhat a basshead and even I find it a bit much sometimes for some tracks depending on how they're mastered (or if the track has continuous bass at certain frequencies). Then I change the track to something with more tightly controlled bass and I don't regret getting these at all...
Edited by creamsoda - 4/30/14 at 10:53pm