Sonic Youth is another one of those bands that is more about instruments than its vocals,
Also Black Google is the instrumental version of exmilitary
Edited by MellonCollie - 9/12/13 at 7:26pm
I have the recent 34 ohm version (the earlier versions were 65ohm) and coupled with my Sony NWZ-E345 and NW-F807 players they sound great (especially through an amp which surprised me!) I didn't have an amp when I originally posted this, though i recently picked up an iBasso D2+ Boa and it adds a definitive warmth to the sound over all as well as a deeper, more taut bass performance and cleaner mids and highs.
Did you listen to them at, say, Best Buy or with a rig your with which you are familiar? They were on sale for a killer price when I got them and while they were in transit, I went to BB to give a listen and regretted my purchase immediately (the only 'phones that sounded even half-way decent at the store were the UE600s). They arrived and I decided to give them a chance. It did take a while for them to break in and after they did, I found them quite natural sounding with remarkable clarity - no harshness or plasticky sound at all. As xlin6 staded, they really come to life with an amp. The only thing I do not like about them is that, even though they are "closed", they pick up ambient noise (like you find in an open office environment) and that noise sounds like holding seashells up to one's ears. This goes away once the music starts and/or in a quiet environment.
Of course, it all boils down to personal preference, which makes this hobby so much fun!
I swore to never get skull-candies again after my INK'd broke in less than a week of weak use. Plus skull-candy eartips are king if you want all the wax out of your ear. Seriously, they need different ear tips, all skull-candy ear tips are wax magnets. Maybe i'll buy another pair, because I like torturing myself ;).
In that case i'd say seek out a better set up because there is absolutely nothing harsh or plastic sounding about them when properly sourced. even Tyll from Inner Fidelity and Head Fi founder Jude were well impressed by the Aviators and for very good reasons. also 12-24 hours is far from enough burn in time,i found mine really opening up (especially in he lower mids) after 65-70 hours.
After reading some of your other posts on the forums it seems to me you prefer for the most part very bass heavy cans (i.e. Beats) and so that being the case the Aviators are definitely not suited to your tastes (they have ample bass when called upon though it's more detailed and laid back than in your face or booming). their real strength is in clarity, balance and rich texturing/tonality which is why i think you would have been better off picking up the Navigators which despite their similar name and design are the polar opposite of the Aviators.
The bottom line is,no headphone is for everyone,as Funambulistic stated it's our preferences which make the hobby/passion/obsession so fun (and addicting).
Are these the original Beats?
Then in that case, we will definitely have to agree to disagree.