I just received a set of SR850s in the mail. I do a bit of team gaming, and I've been on the lookout for a set of cans that would remain comfortable for hours on end. Previously, I had been using Koss Portapros, and they're just not cutting it for long-term listening comfort (though I do love the sound). I had been considering the AD700s, but I was a bit turned off by the purported anemic bass. The SR850s have been suggested by quite a few people around the forum for a more bassy, warm sound, and they're nearly half the price.
When I unboxed and tried on the SR850s, I was immediately disappointed with the sound quality. Music sounds thin, tinny, as if I'm listening to a pair of $20 CVS headphones. Bass is weak. They are quite comfortable, but the sound is just junk compared to my Portapros, which have a nice full, warm sound and punchy bass.
Does this sound realistic? I feel it's doubtful that I've received a defective pair, but it has crossed my mind. Perhaps it is just a difference in my taste for the headphones' sound signatures? Does anyone have any suggestions for a ~$100 (max) set of cans with sound quality at least (preferably better) as good as my Portapros?