Originally Posted by H T T
I don't listen to much hip hop or R&B, so take my recommendations with a huge grain of salt. The Mikros is about exquisite detail and texture throughout the frequency range. It will reveal not just bad recordings, but will make lesser talents look like the Emperor's Clothes tale. Sometimes when the props are removed you may gravitate away (or to) an artist for their shortcomings in talent. When they have talent, it is a "wow" moment. :)
A number of Mikros fans also like the Onkyo FC 300. The Onkyo is more forgiving and has more boom and impact in the bass than the Mikros, but is very articulate. I would recommend that you investigate the Onkyo, also.
This is where I'm kind of... uh. I would say the opposite is true. On the Mikros, a number of lesser recordings that were very obvious with the PH6 became not much different than stellar recordings when listened to through the Mikros. That whole first paragraph is a bunch of flim-flam that doesn't say anything vis a vis what the dang things do. It's buzzwords and verbal glitter.
I know I said I'm not comparing the Mikros to the Pandoras because that's not even a remotely fair comparison, and I'm still not, but what I mean is that when it comes to revealing good and bad production the Mikros don't do it nearly like you're saying. Listening to post-rock or metal albums that I know have incredibly produced drums, they sound rather plasticky and feeble when I tried them out with the Mikros.
What you're describing is not the headphones "revealing" anything, but you finding recordings that match well with them. I know you could quite easily flip it around and say maybe that's what's going on with me, but I'm talking about albums where I've been able to pinpoint all sorts of silly details in the percussion that I just couldn't in the Mikros. They're dang good in some applications, but if you're finding an album that sounds awesome and going "ah this is the Mikros bringing out the inherent perfection of this recording" then you're reading the situation precisely backwards. It's the recording matching the strengths of the headphones.
EDIT: I will say that there's a kind of "sweet spot" where if I can get the Mikros to sit VERY precisely at the right angle on my ears they have a pretty lush and pleasant sound. However, the slightest motion of my jaw seems to make the earpieces rotate faintly and it's lost, or if I don't put them at the EXACT proper position. I'd upgrade my initial assessment from a 6/10 to an 8/10 provided you can make them sit right (I have to actually hold them in place), but still wouldn't call these a headphone for over $100.
Edited by SomeGuyDude - 5/24/14 at 8:04pm