Well, I got a pair of Red WS55s from Santa. After a week and a half of burning and listening I sent them back today. For any electronic music they were amazing. Hip hop, electronica, trip hop were perfectly balanced. Quite amazing. For rock, however, I found that the bass seemed to almost disappear leaving a very bright mix of mid and highs, which I thought were a little sharp.
Maybe I prefer a more "consumer based" sound. While I do listen to some rap, I'm more of a rock guy and these just weren't the phones for me. As I play more I think I prefer my mids and highs to be not so upfront and a little more recessed. And for the close to $100 tag, I should love them all the time, not just sometimes. I'll just have to keep looking. I think I'm going to buy a $33 pair of JVCs until I can figure out what mid-fi model I do want. The VModa cross fade is around $100, but I'm not sure about that one. I wish there were places to try these things before buying. Best Buy doesn't cut it, as we all know!
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot