Got a pair of these today at my local thrift store. Brand new and still in a sealed box. Best of all, $30!
Too bad I don't like them much at all after 15 minutes. Bass is really bloated. Mids are very shouty. The male vocals in the song "Chan Chan" on the Buena Vista Social Club CD are ear piercing.
Sounds quite muddy overall, yet the soundstage seems pretty decent for an on ear headphone.
I've tried them so far with a Clip+ (FLAC) and my Headroom Micro Amp to ODAC. Not much difference yet.
I would say so far the Koss UR-55, Beyerdynamic DT-235, KSC75 and PX100-II (well amped) has it beat.
I'll shove it in my drawer for burn-in just for fun overnight. Maybe i'll be eating my words in the morning.
Haven't heard mids this shouty in a long time.
Listening to Radiohead's "15 Step" right now. The bass isn't too bad, but ugh..the mids.
The bass isn't super bloated, but too much for me.
Think if burn in doesn't improve them i'll give them to my mom or something. Not worth $100.
I think it's signature is about as messed up as the XB500. To get this to sound decent I have to reduce the mids with EQ along with the bass and crank up the treble a tad. Stock they're almost as dark as the Aiaiai TMA1 I heard at Best Buy. Never had a headphone as fatiguing as this before..every song feels like someone is shouting in my ears.
Edited by tdockweiler - 9/26/12 at 8:36pm