I listen to a lot of Fusion and Contemporary Electric Jazz, not the atonal stuff where you start to wonder if the band members are aware that they are in the same room - lol. I think that I'd prefer the X1's for that. I tried the MDR-1Rs last year and returned them because although Sony stated that they went down to 4 Hz, their legal Dept. told them not to say how man dB down it would be at 4 Hz,
I picked up a Vali because at $100, I figured what have I got to lose. It ended up to be a pleasant surprise. I like they way they work with my HD600's and use it in my den when I work at home.
The Vali is a great deal indeed, It seems many were surprised lol. I use my Vali/Modi in my bedroom when I want to relax and chill out to some music before sleep. I've heard the Vali pairs well with Sennheisers and I'd really like to try them sometime.
Up to this point all the headphones I've bought were well below MSRP except for my Grado SR-60s, but I was curious what the Grado sound was about and they are already a great value to begin with. I for sure want to try and compare audiophile headphones before I even consider buying, like the: Sennheiser HD650,700,800, Audezes LCDs, AKG 7xxs, Grado Pro and Reference Series, Hifimans. I'm going to bring my Schiit along to see which headphones I prefer, hopefully there will be some generous Head-Fiers at the Charlotte meet who will allow me to indulge ;)
I guess it isn't really a surprise that Sony tried to downplay the MDR-1Rs lack of bass. I've tried a set in a Sony Store once, and while I enjoyed the clarity with my music, it was immediately apparent the cans didn't have any bass extension.
Edited by CJs06 - 2/16/14 at 9:38pm