Originally Posted by Gilly87
K I'm sorry but...people advertising this thread in their sigs? Somebody is paying somebody.
I mean, a bunch of head-fiers with high post counts, including the owner, randomly get free pairs of custom headphones? And somehow all unanimously agree that the headphone is fantastic, even though a fair few of them state that it does not comply with their natural headphone preferences? Basshead cans by a notoriously lower-end manufacturer make the top story on the main page and merit a banner that pops up randomly in unrelated threads? Sorry but to me that seems like quite the anomaly.
Am I the only one who is having this thought?
Honestly from what I hear I'm considering buying one, but the skeptic in me won't shut up that this all seems too convenient...especially after how lame the crossfades were.
I'd like to chime in on this: I get a lot of my headphones for free, and I have way more than I need. I'm perfectly happy to call a headphone junk if it is. (Klipsch Image One for example.) I've got zero need to have my opinion swayed by free stuff, and I reckon that's true of the stalwart listeners here. Our reputation as a source of good information rests on our honesty about these things.
If I were Val and thought I had a great headphone on my hands I'd give them away to the type of people we're talking about here and make it easy for them to get a chance to listen at length.
The reason you see so many positive reviews is these headphones are spectacular. Not just in their sound, but the whole enchilada. The build quality is stellar. The look is sexy. The attention to detail in the case, cable, and packaging is simply unparalleled.(with the possible exception of the P5)
I usually review a headphone in a couple of days, and then store it away for future reference. (Unless it was a loner and needs to be returned.) This didn't happen with the V-80 (yeah, I got the True Blood version). It's become my go-to, every day, cellphone headset and lay-in-be-and-watch-netfilx-on-my-iPad headphone. They've replaced my P5 as the sexiest, favoritest, work-aday headphone.
I. LOVE. THEM.
They're obviously built by someone who cares intensely about their product, and you feel every bit of it. One doesn't get to develop that pride of ownership without experiencing it. I think it's wise that Val gave some of them away so people could sense what it was to own one. He didn't buy reviews, he paid for the opportunity for critical listeners to experience his cans. He made a bet, and it paid off. I'll be reviewing them soon with great praise.
Edited by Tyll Hertsens - 11/8/11 at 2:43pm