I'm really getting bothered that "bright" is the only word that is used to describe all sound across the board (this is carrying over from another thread, not directed at you). Seriously, this recent German obsession with BRIGHT AS THE SUN cans and telling everyone that's what "neutral" or "flat" sounds like, it's getting old.
The P5 are dark and sort of n-shaped (they aren't a true N though), they're very pleasant and easy to listen to over a long period of time. I think saying you cannot hear cymbals or drums is a little unrealistic - they are not a bandpass. They don't have the clash-trash top end that a lot of modern "audiophile" headphones have, and they're certainly more of an n-shaped, dark leaning, easy listener, but you still get the entire FR. Does it sound absolutely natural? Not really, but it sounds good (I seriously could not care or despise less the whole "as the artist intended" claptrap), especially to live with long-term. It's about as un-natural as the ultra-boost treble that "audiophile class" headphones have - neither is really accurate or correct.
I have not heard the V-MODA, but if HiFi says they're good, they're probably not half bad. I still stand by the P5 being ahead of the QC15 for SQ, and one of the better options for what they are. But honestly, for true mobile use, IEMs should be considered first, and there are less expensive closed-back models that sound nearly as good as all of the above for about half the cash too. FWIW.
Putting the DT880 aside, I should put it out there that there are headphones that are too bright for me... like the HD800.
But I think the end of the discussion is that the P5 does not suit my taste... or what I consider "neutral".
By "natural", I mean I want to hear sounds exactly like how I expect them to, and the P5 doesn't quite deliver on that.
I don't deny that it's comfortable or easy to listen to, but if sound quality was my top priority, I would not give it another thought.
As an aside, some modern "audiophile" headphones like HE-400 and LCD-2 do have a dark sound signature, but they still has quite good treble. The P5, to my ears, doesn't sound anything like those. I sincerely can't hear anything on the lower or higher frequencies in the P5. It's exactly like someone took an EQ and dialed down anything below 500K or above 10K by -12dB. It's like some extreme high pass and low pass filter have been applied. On the HE-400 and LCD-2, I can still hear some treble to make out that it's a cymbal or a bass note playing.
Edited by Bill-P - 8/25/12 at 2:54pm