Novice here. I bought these:
The MB Quart QP 220 Headphones. Supposedly MB Quart got sold to some Asian country and liquidated their stock. Maybe Sonic Electronix bought that shit up and now has a room full of these headphones - I DON'T KNOW but I got them for under $60 and that is outrageous.
Compare MB Quart with CharterOak and German Maestro Electronics. Someone can chime in on how they're related - basically the same stuff.
Here is a big-ass resource on MB Quart: http://wiki.faust3d.com/wiki/index.php?title=PMB_/_MB_Quart
So here we go...
My first impression is that I can't believe how light they are. I was expecting "3 lbs" to feel much heavier.
I put them on - and they look bulky! I am going to try a couple different kinds of ear pads before I leave the house with them. You can get some replacements here:
The 1/8 jack allows a 1/4 connector (included) to screw on! First pair of headphones I've had that did that.
I had recently bought a Fiio E5 Portable Amp for these, because I heard they were hard to drive. I plugged them into my netbook, with the E5 connected, and they still didn't seem loud enough!
So now I am trying with my iPod Touch... better, even without the amp. Can I blow these headphones?
I can hear Robert Smith breathing on this Cure album, that's pretty cool. So far there is not enough bass. It even sounds scratchy?
I put on a different album with a beat - it sounds pretty nice but I wish it could get louder. I think these ear pads are too big and open! I want my ear closer to the magnets.
When I put my hands on the cans and press them on my head it sounds a lot better.
Hard to drive
Not enough bass
Stay tuned for Part II where I buy three different kinds of ear pads from German Maestro and try them out. I don't know a lot about headphones so I will just field questions instead of guessing about stuff.
EDIT: Actually I've decided that Part II is going to be where I send them back and buy a slimmer pair with lower impedance and deeper bass. Maybe this thread could now be for recommendations..!
Edited by frostmine - 4/25/11 at 4:27pm