Hmmm... from what I've read, the Yamaha Pro 500 is definitely v-shaped with a bass emphasis. there is nothing inherently wrong with that if that is what you are looking for, but for $400 you can get the HE-400. $300 you can get the M100. I am curious what headphones you have tried if you are saying this is the cream of the crop. Kinda seems like hype of the week to me.
The 500 is legitimately made of plastic and aluminium (the same premium materials found in soda cans)... the design isn't even original. So basically, Yamaha (a company w/ no previous experience in headphones) suddenly jumps into the game & releases a Ultrasone Sig Pro equivalent at half its cost? Yamaha would have to R&D from scratch while Ultrasone has 20+ years of experience specializing in only headphones. I am just highly skeptical that the 500s offers anything more than any other highly-rated closed headphones in the $200-300 price range. Yes, they might offer a slightly different sound signature. But definitely not $100 worth of sonic upgrade.
I seriously feel like it is just a bad joke.
From her profile:
KSC-75, ATH-M50, ATH-ANC7, HT-21, AH-D1000, M-80, MS400, PRO 650, Modded T50RP, Amperior, DT 1350, PRO 500
ATH-CKM50A, HJE900, HF3
HD201, DJ100, SuperFi 4, HD218, D1100, HDJ-2000, HFI-700, ATH-ES7, MDR-V6, Aviator, HD600, KNS-8400, SR-225, P5, MDR-Z1000, ATH-ES10, K181DJ, K81DJ, GMP 8.35 D, TMA-1, SRH840, HD598, K167, MDR-1R
I'm pretty sure she knows what she's talking about.
Also, Yamaha does have experience with headphones. Granted, they have more experience with planar magnetic drivers than dynamic drivers, but it's not like they just started making headphones.
Subbed. I didn't really pay much attention to these until recently; now I want one.