TH900s usually sell for $1700 to $2000... they have the "Fostex" U-shape sound similar to discontinued Denon D5000/D7000 (which you can find used from $400 to $800) and STILL people "prefer" the TH900s... They have VERY SIMILAR sound but still, some people just prefer TH900 tonality and more present mids and detailing and don't care about spending $1000 bucks extra... If YOU cannot hear the differences, then stick with the D5000/7000. Some people prefer the slight sound and build improvements and pay the money. Someone like you who looks for a similar sound signature WITHOUT going overboard would just stick with the Denons...
It's all in the way you perceive music... maybe WE (the people that liked how the Pro 500s sounded) just like these more than the current competition and we BELIEVE THAT THE PRICE IS GOOD AT $400 over the others!
I understand your point. If you like the sound signature, you don't mind spending more money. However, from what I've read, there are people who choose other headphones over the Pro 500 not because they could not distinguish the differences in sonic quality, but because they thought that the differences that Yamaha made to the sound signature was not an improvement over the headphones they preferred (in their opinion). I am not saying that everyone thought this way, but some people did. [Example: what peck1234 said below, although I actually haven't seen a comparison between the Pro 500 w/ the M50 before & I am actually surprised by that result].
Well I just returned my pair, had them for about a week. The clarity and separation was outstanding but I kept finding my self rasing the volume to hear the vocals and all I kept hearing was more bass and treble which lead me to my refund.
My M50's maintain more foward mids than the pro 500s.
I actually do not mind spending more money for an upgrade in sound quality. However, whether the Yamaha sound signature is an definite improvement over other headphones can be debated, so it appears to me that may be more of a subjective opinion. I am really glad to hear that some of you guys found that the Pro 500 sound signature meets all your requirements! That is the point of this hobby: to find a pair of headphones that you really love!! :)
I personally really loved the $300 V-Moda M100's sound signature. However, I know that it's sound signature is not suitable for everyone and also that the $230 Beyer DT770 80 ohm Pro (which I haven't had a chance to demo) offers a very similar sound signature that some people say is better compared to the M100. Is the M100 overpriced? Probably a bit. But I guess I would still recommend it to people searching for headphones with high-quality bass.
I guess I was just initially shocked by the high sticker price for a pair of colored lifestyle headphones, and I just wanted to hear why people thought the Pro 500 were worth the extra money. The responses that many of you have provided was definitely very interesting to hear. I hope you all realize that I am not trying to step on anyone's toes and I am sorry if I offended anyone during this discussion. I do still hold the opinion that the Pro 500 are currently overpriced, but I understand/respect the fact that some you guys disagree.
lol... It's not like I never heard a pair of headphones. I actually have personally auditioned almost every set of closed portable headphones currently in the $300 price range (M100, LP/LP2, MDR-1R, Momentum, AKG-550, UE 6000, Beats Studio/Pro, Bose Quiet Comfort 15) for at least a few days to weeks each. I think the only other respectable headphones I am missing are the Ultrasone Pro 900 & Mad Dogs, which are hard to find in my area. If you guys actually have any other suggestions of ~$300 portable closed headphones to try that I missed, I actually would love to know about them. The Pro 400/500 are not currently in any stores near me.
So when I say I feel like I can get a sense of how they sound based on reading comparison reviews, it's because I've heard most of the headphones that they get compared to. Honestly, I probably spent waayyy to much time researching and listening to portable, closed headphones in this price range. I am actually considering jumping to a next-tier ($400-600) open headphones such as the HE-400, Q701, and Sennheiser HD650 since I feel like I've already heard the max-performance for closed portable headphones.
Edited by money4me247 - 3/8/13 at 10:01pm