I was undecided whether to buy these phones or the Sennheiser Momentums. I had a chance to listen to the Momentums at BB and almost bought the on-the-ear set except they were out of stock, so I thought I would wait. The over-the-ear Momentums were slightly better in overall sound quality but I did not think they were worth the $100 more. I am glad I waited. Amazon had the Beyerdynamic DT-1350-80s available at a great price, and after reading the professional and amateur reviews, I decided to try them thinking I could return them if they did not measure up to the Momentums.
Out of the box, the build quality is fantastic. They come with a carrying case that is secured with Velcro. A 1/4" adapter is included. The headband can be pulled apart to better fit heads; this is a good feature. I use this when I jog with them. My Samsung Galaxy 4 drives them quite well and considering my recordings are mp3 - 128, they sound good. I was looking for a portable headphone that was better than my in-ear RHAs. I did not experience any discomfort with the ear fit as was reported by some reviewers. The phones fit perfectly on me. The only negative, but just slightly, is the sound isolation. The DT-1350s are really good at it but not as good as noise canceling phones. I was not able to try the isolation with the Momentums.
Once I tried the phones, I was amazed on how smooth and clear the sound was. I was concerned with some of the reviewers that the phones lacked bass - this is not the case. The bass is well balanced, substantial and tight and when needed, and goes quite low without being muddy. I found the Momentums slightly muddy and enhanced in this area. The overall sound of the mids and treble is clear and balanced. Singing voices sound especially good. The DT-1350s produce a very natural, balanced sound. They will not make bad material sound good. The better the input, the better the sound. Music that I tried so far: YES, Genesis, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Return to Forever, Dream Theater, Stevie Wonder, Pink Floyd, Beatles, Steely Dan, Blondie, Chick Corea, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Eagles, Donald Fagen, Michael Jackson, Magic Pie, Steve Hackett, and The Cars. I do not listen to rap or hip hop. I have yet to listen to classical and electronic music.
I will update this post if needed.
I will keep these and enjoy them even more as the break in period continues.