..and I have to say they're very good, though not quite exactly what I thought they would be; I have a few gripes.
Been listening for about 2 hours now, I'll do a quick mini-review (I don't consider myself an audiophile by any reach):
- Well-defined, clear highs (can get quite bright at times, which I think I like)
- Well-defined, very slightly recessed mids
- Well-defined, suprisingly clear bass
- Fantastic soundstage & 3D positioning (tested both in gaming & music)
- Detachable cables
- Useful case
- Extra Pads
- Bass not as punchy as hoped
- Poor isolation (I can still hear others fairly well WITH music playing, and other can hear the music as well)
These are quite a fantastic set. The soundstage is great; the music does seems as if it's slightly close to you, though that doesn't take away from the experience for me. Throughout the Ultrasone CD there were times where they added background vocal, and I seriously thought that my roommates had people over that I wasn't aware of, looking around the corners the times I heard a voices, I was impressed.
My main gripe is that while the bass is very defined, it's not as punchy as I hoped. I was looking forward to feeling some thumps/vibration on my ears, some impact; while I don't feel the thump of the bass, I do feel sometimes feel the very low vibration (as if I feel the need for my ears to pop, kind of like experiencing change in air pressure)..if that makes sense. The isolation was extremely disappointing, I can clearly hear others when listening to music; and they can hear the music I'm playing fairly well (from the next room over). If I wanted headphones to leak like this, I could've just gotten open-air and widened the soundstage alltogether.
I doubt that the lack of thumpyness is due to running un-amped as the set can get painfully loud at times. Would waiting for burn-in help with these cans? and would buying pads of a different material help isolation(and possibly bass?) as I do really admire them. Or would I be better off going with HFI-580/Denon D1100's? Though I'm not sure how the PRO 550 would compare to the HFI-580, as the PRO is claimed to be the identical, though "enhanced" version of the 580.