OK, time for a bit of a mea culpa. I've had sort of a re-awakening with the Koss Tony Bennett Special Edition headphones. I owned them a few months back and thought at the time, the bass might have been a bit weak for me. I'm not a total bass-head, but do like some lower end in the jazz and blues that I listen to. I believe at the time, the Koss headphones maybe didn't catch my attention properly as I was in the process of doing a fair amount of tuning on the Fostex headphones. My sound realization might have been off a bit. However, this past weekend, I obliterated my Sennheiser HD-428, which I use as my "sleeping" headphones. I think I rolled over a few times and the headphones were all contorted around my ears and the sides of my head.
But, today, I stopped by Tuesday Morning and picked up their TBSE offering for $49.99, as reflected in a few threads here on the forum. At the moment, I have them running on my computer and powered via the Asus Xonar DG sound card / headphone amplifier. Granted, it's only a $29.00 sound card, but it does a pretty good job at driving many headphones. I only have the volume at the 10% position and not applying any EQ. The sound is really quite good and actually far ahead on what one can get from a $39 - $49 pair of JVC "bassy" headphones, which have a rigid plastic headband and tend to squeeze your skull and temples of your head. But, the TBSE is playing along nicely with a great tonal balance. These are really some pretty sweet sounding headphones, and I'm a bit disappointed at how my initial perception of them wasn't as good as the experience I'm hearing now.