Wow, do these headphones kick. With the V200 Amp and Rega DAC and Nordost Blue Heaven RCAs, they sound perfect to me. I am sure if I heard other combos I would hear better & worse things but for my $4000, budget I am extremely happy...blown away.
Any negatives seem to come from the music itself. The sound is what I expected: Like a much improved version of all the crappy earbuds I've owned. And with actual bass and kick. Details and life is added to music. Badly recorded/mixed materials are hard to listen to. Had a problem with The Beatles in Stereo? Wait till you hear them on these!
Connected to my EMI Shielded Creative Titanium HD Soundcard, I notice not one bit of hiss or PC noise. The Rega and V200 make no noise at all. One thing, I think, is that the Rega is only partially better than the soundcard. Fuller and more soundstage...like $500 better but not $1000. If all you had was money for the 'phones and Amp, this soundcard would get you by for a long while I think. The Rega is better for sure, though.
For gaming, once again, I've been blown away. FPSs now sound like movies. At first, games were incredibly harsh, to the point of pain, on my ears but the whole system burnt-in and is nice and warm now.
The only negative, and it is a big one, is that they hurt my head and neck after having them on about 3 hours. I must then put on my Ultrasone PRO 550 (with PRO 750 Velvet Pads - Super Comfy) which are nicer and lighter on the head. They are louder but not the same quality so I end up watching YouTube for about an hour or so. Of course, I rarely listen for 3 hours straight but it's a fact. I think my head is getting used to it as well but it still hurts. Granted, I am using them at my desk on an Ergonomic chair without a headrest.
Also, the slider to keep the length in place keep moving on me despite me tightening the screws. Not a big deal, I guess. Sound leakage is fine for a private room. Would disturb someone next to you.
This is with the stock cable and power cord. I will update this when I upgrade. This is all a great pair that will run you around $3500 but it is worth it. These simply sound like great headphones and you well rock out with them.
PS: Woo Audio's HPS-T Headphone Stand are awesome for both these headphones.
Edited by Devarika Woulf - 1/9/12 at 11:42am