I've voiced my opinions on the Qualia before, but of all the headphone I've owned, I miss those the most. So, this bears repeating: the Qualia 010 is vastly superior to the HD800 (as much as I admire Sennheiser), which sounds and looks like a cheap Chinese knock-off by comparison. If you've got a Medium-size 010, then you'll have to work hard for a proper fit. Packing material and/or sponges are mandatory. Purk's Small-size Qualia sounds amazing with no fuss. Extremely jealous of that pair, I am!
I'm an unabashed hater of bright, analytical sound (speakers, cartridges, or headphones). I'm also an unabashed lover of warm, euphonic sound. The Qualia are analytical, yet they're so damned good at what they do that I love them anyways -- more than even the L3000, which admittedly is a dark headphone. Also more than the R10, which has its midrange magic, but can't quite pull the complete sonic picture together for me like the 010 does. I've yet to hear an analytical speaker or phono cartridge that I enjoy. The Qualia 010 is the only transducer in that category which I can love.
Edited by mulveling - 1/11/13 at 10:36pm