So I see that folks are catching on to the Somics.
But folks, you're looking at the wrong model.
This is the better of the two.
I just found out that Shure SRH-840 pads fit the EFi 82 MT. I put 'em on, and listened to some of my favorite tunes.
This is what I learned about some of my favorite songs:
- Florence + The Machine - Spectrum: Florence has a ping-pong delay on her vocals throughout the track.
- Il Volo- Beautiful Day: There's a strange click at the 0:06 mark.
- Flobots- Handlebars (I like their other stuff too): The violin is panned about 90% right for the whole song, but changes to the left side in the third verse.
- Kanye West (in general): Kanye West has some really cramped sounding mixes.
- Macy Gray- I Try: The vocals in the chorus are multiple takes, with every take hard-panned left or right.
- Ellie Goulding- Lights: The vocals in the chorus are stacked, with one take one octave below the other
- Fun. - Some Nights: There's a really cool snare roll at the :45 mark.
- Imagine Dragons - It's Time: There's one more clap than I thought there was in the main rhythm pattern, and there are some snaps too.
Just when I thought I knew my favorite songs...the EFi-82 MT comes around as says, "LOL! NO YOU DON'T! THIS IS WHAT THEY REALLY ARE!"
I don't have the experience with high-end headphones to say that these things are better than $500+ headphones, but I have enough experience with FOTMs and the typical overacheiving budget-fi sets to say this: this is not a "midrange" headphone. This isn't a Superlux, or an HA-S, or a Jaycar.
This is quite a bit bigger than that.
Here's a link to the thread I just started on them.
Sadly, they're not on eBay anymore, but I'm sure with enough Head-Fi support, I could message a seller and let them know of the newfound interest in this formerly obscure model.
Alberto, you put it best. There is no such thing as "good for the price" in my book either.
These are not "poor man's" anything.
They're just amazing headphones.
Good comments. I read you review, also. You are good at putting your thoughts into words and amusing at the same time. That is impressive for being 16 years old.
If these are that good, we ought to put some effort to see how they stack up right next to other giant killer headphones. I will prove that I believe what I am saying, offering to pay $10 of the shipping costs for you to send them to DannyBai. If you agree to make the move, just let me know.
DannyBai: If you agree, just let me know.
Dsnuts: There should be a Discovery thread for stuff that is "great for our ears" different from a Discovery thread for stuff that is just "good/great for the money." I bet you that you will have a lot more people on the first one because our ears don't work with a "good for the money" reasoning.
Put a grill and good quality big drivers together and you are in for a treat. Sound leakage is a good thing for the "great for our ears" approach.
Edited by Alberto01 - 1/21/13 at 3:40pm