Not at all. These actually sound great for hiphop but I would have to give the nod to the bigger drivers that are in the HA-S500 for hiphop..For 1/3rd the price of the HA-S500 however it makes it easier to get one of these instead and even get some pads in there and still save. Both do bass very well.
The one aspect of carbon based drivers is their bass ability. Nothing lacking including bass..
So, with the ATH leather pads on both, how do they compare in sound? Bass, mids, highs comparisons!