Slightly OT, but this angered me a bit. I went to B&H Photo in New York City and was delighted to be able to finally give some super cans a try. The HD800 and Grado RS1i finally graced my ears. The musical choices weren't the greatest (Black Eyed Peas) and it was sad to see teens running around the headphone display trying on the $1500 HD800s and then putting on the Beats Solos right next to them with a look on their face that said, "Why the hell do those crappy, bass-less headphones cost so much?" However, this isn't why I'm posting here.
I also had the pleasure of finally being able to AB the Sennheiser HD-25 alongside the M-80. Same source, same amp, same music. Or so I thought. The Senns sounded fantastic and I finally experienced that tight, but not uncomfortable grip I've read about so many times. However, when I picked up the M-80 display I was severely let down. The headband had been bent to a slightly awkward angle and upon placing them on my head I realized the drivers weren't producing any sound. I noticed the cable that plugs into the headphones was a bit loose so I pushed it in. Still no sound. So I pushed harder. Much harder. That caused the right driver, and only the right driver, to kick in and play until I released the plug.
B&H Photo needs a new demo unit! My heart dropped when I realized that among everything on display there, the M-80s looked sad and cheap with the bent headband plus the inability to produce sound. It just doesn't create a positive image for V-MODA and I can only imagine the amount of sales that went to Beats products because of this defective demo.
I think a shiny, new Pearl White unit should grace that display elevate awareness of what good sound and fashion are supposed to be. Just looking out for you, Val. Better yet, send B&H a M-100!