After reading Tylls rave review over at his site I was very eager to get my hands on these babies. I've been in the market for a pair of decent portable phones for a while now, but in spite of extensive reasearch haven't been able to find something to my liking - until nown (maybe).
Got the Downtowns (brown/black) for NOK 599,- (USD100) yesterday at a local retail chain (Expert) here in Norway (Oslo).
I'm not going into any extensive description of build quality or comfort other than to say that it both feels and looks alot more expensive than its price should suggest.
As far as sound is concerned I'm quite happy so far (maybe 5-7 hours of burn-in). As Tyll and others have said; nice extension in the lower area (no "boominess" - just a tight and to my ear quite accurate reproduction). Roll-off in treble is not as bad as expected - cymbals and strings have a natural ring to them, and the detail level is nice overall. There is no need to pump up the volume to hear the finer details in the recordings. The mids I have yet to fully grasp. There is a certain "hollow" sound that I have to get used to (it's not unpleasant in any way - just different from what I have been used to in my other phones).
All in all - I'm very satisfied with the Downtowns. To my ears (and I stress that this is my opinion based on limited time with the Downtowns and various other portable phones) it's overall sound is better than B&W P5, Beyer T50p and AKG Q460, and given it's lower price it's a steal in comparison to it's more prestigious rivals.
(More to follow as I get more listening (and burn-in) time...)
Edited by Costanza76 - 4/12/12 at 2:33am