These are getting some mixed reviews. I think maybe people were expecting a $300 headphone to sound like a 1K one. I am in the middle of burning them in..You have to be a fan of forward mids with a rich sound to be a fan of these. They have a unique flavor among Sony headphones. I like them quite a bit especially that I payed $250 for a really nice looking silver and brown pair. These are an upgrade to my UE6000 for certain and there are guys that prefer the UE6000 over these. So I suppose it will be a matter of taste. If you can try one out at a Sony style store that is what I would do. Jude loves these as he mentioned on the MDR-1R thread how he prefers these to all the various new headphones that are out. Including M-100 and the Momentums to name a few.
hmmm you know what is interesting, throw the AKG 167s/ 267s into the mix. The 167s is getting lots of great impressions so far and they are at a very competitive price of ~$200. If the 167s are any indication of how the 267s would sound, those 3 bass tuning options will be epic. LoL
It is interesting that you say that the Sony 1Rs are a upgrade to your UE6000s Ds, i was hoping the other way around. ha Man there are just too many $200 to $300 full size closed cans in the market right now, hope this saturation will mean big price drops for consumers. Fingers crossed!