You said the comfort is abysmal if you don't wear them properly - isn't that true with all headphones? You wear them with your ears slightly outside of the cup, which suggests that they don't fit
It isn't. There are some headphones that are just straight up uncomfortable to most people (aka Grados). I wear them slightly off my ears because that is the way they were intended to be worn; I had had my ears in the cups, which was ridiculous considering the diameter of inner cup can't be more than an 1.5 inches.
You're right about what you said about the lows - I did misquote you, so I apologize for that. However, it can be argued that most people who buy these headphones buy them for hip-hop (or as a fashion accessory), so the bleeding of the lows on some hip-hop tracks is cause for concern for a significant segment of the target market. Ignorance is bliss, as they say.
Haha, that is true; people do wear them as a fashion accessory for the most part. Or they think that Beats are the best things ever... until they break ;)
If the mids are just okay for the price, then the mids' quality doesn't support your opinion that they are great sounding headphones.
I didn't say they sounded "great", I said they sounded "good".
The highs by your own estimation are easily outperformed by much cheaper IEMs, again not supporting your overall review of their sound.
I don't see where I listed any less expensive IEMs ;o. If you consider the SM3, UM3X, or FX700 to be cheaper than the price of a used Pro, you'd be mistaken. The IEMs I've listed retain their value when sold used; the Pros don't.
Regarding the price, there are headphones that are sub-$250 that out-perform these, but most people who must have these will have to shell out the full $400 for the genuine article.
I don't see why someone would do that when you can either get them used on Amazon, or refurbished from Monster (when they have them). People who buy them for $400 are either: a) apart of the masses that think these are the end-all, be-all of headphones, or b) ignorant to other options.
It might be helpful to include your source (ipod, zune, etc.) and also the file type (128kbps, flac, wav, etc.). These things matter to audiophiles when considering a review for headphones.
Don't patronize me. It is a fault of mine not to include my source files, but I thought I did state that I was using an iPod in my review. For what it's worth, I use Apple Lossless or 320kbps mostly, but I do have mix tapes that are of a lower bitrate (I'm not entirely sure, but they may be 256kbps).
Once again, sorry for misquoting you - it wasn't intentional.