My first review. Gulp.
Picked mine up today. Been aggressively burning in for the last 6 hours or so, here are my thoughts and comparison to my GR06. Burn in was connection to my Galaxy S3 and playing Bass heavy dance and shuffle.
Please not that these are my opinions, you may not agree. I bought these with my very own money and have no allegence to anyone.
I will be using my iPod video and E6 all files are 320k MP3's
Grandaddy - He's simple, he's dumb, he's the pilot.
Catherine Wheel - Future boy.
Catherine Wheel - Thunderbird.
Turin Brakes - Red Moon.
Genesis - Squonk (Seconds Out).
I really like the carry case and there are plenty of tips. My E6 should go in there easily. I am using the silicone tips as the double flanges and Complys are too big for my ears.
Thoughts on sound.
These have lots and lots and lots of bass pretty much all mid bass from my limited listening. My thought are that the GR06 has slightly less quantity and better quality. The Bass does appear to bleed into the lower registers of vocals. Too big and too bloated and slow.
The midrange on these is variable, some tracks sound OK. Others not so. In all cases I would say it is slightly recessed, and when the track gets a bit busy, the vocals get swamped If the track is not too bust, the detail is OK. The GR06 is vastly superior here.
I think I quite like the treble on these, there is more treble energy than the GR06 and it has a bit of an edge to it, but the extension is not fantastic. I have not managed to bring on sibilance, but the night is young.
I think Squonk sounds good on these, lots of cymbal detail and the thick bass quality suits the simplicity of the song, but the Catherine Wheel and Turin Brakes tracks leave these somewhat flummoxed especially by the Turin Brakes track. Although the GR06 and my ATH-A700s can't resolve this track very well. Although I was tapping my feet to most of the tracks.
These are a funny shape and so are my ears. They are not comfortable for extended periods. YMMV.
As things stand at the moment, These are OK for the money. In my opinion, these do not have a balanced sound there is far too much mid-bass emphasis for my taste, without the speed to match the quantity.
The GR06 whoops these on an all round basis ( I find the GR06 to have too much Mid-Bass for me, but it is better quality then these). My shoes are safe!