I went to my local Media Markt store on my lunch break today. They have about 200 headphones on display. They have the AKG 701 and also the Sennheiser HD 650 to start comparisons.
Today I auditioned the Fidelio X1 and the Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro. In that environment you cannot test if you can hear a fly one the other side of a COD map behind you, but you can kind of tell if the sound signature is for you or not.
When I tested the X1 first about two month ago, they where more or less meh to me, not good, not bad, just not interesting. But now they have hundreds of hour on their drivers and are fully broken in. They are really nice sounding, especially the bass. It is a night and day difference. to me they have a very big and warm bass, that is just about perfect. Very tempting. And it is running from a demo setup that drives 200 cans parallel. Only that they are all running at the same level.
Then came the Beyer Custom One Pro.
This is also a reasonable bass head can. The bass is even more power full when you put the switches to full bass. And they are comfortable. The have vinyl pads which might be an off for some. But you can probably replace them with any Beyer velour or leather pad that is currently available. The stage seemed quite big to me though.
Edited by pietcux - 7/3/13 at 1:13am