Initial impressions of these Martin Logans was WOW!!! COLOR ME IMPRESSED!!!
What immediately jumped out at me was the lushness and sweetness of the mids and along with the crazy nice extension of the treble. For anyone that has heard/ read-up on the ATH ES700s you will know that I along with many ES700s owners praise their sweet forward and lush mids to no end. Welp not only is the mids of these Logans exactly as lush as that of the ES700s but that quality can also be applied to their treble as well. SWEET BABY JESUS the mids and treble of these are soooo nice that even that hyperbole is an under statement!!! Excuse me while I compose myself, what I mean by sweet is that these Logans will get your head bobbing (contemplating)/ feet tapping (working out) due to all the nuances and micro details they render. Therefore not only are they easy on the wallet due to their low price but is beneficial for the well being of your mind, body and soul as well. These Logan is akin to something like a flour sifter in which meticulous renders all the finest aspects of the music right down to the smallest micro details and presents them to you in a ever so refined fashion yet without being overly dry, dull, lifeless, boring, or analytical.
Also for anyone that has owned/ heard the Beyer DT-250 you will know what I am talking about. The DT-250s have a really clear, sweet, easy on the ears non fatiguing sound that is really engaging albeit hard as hell to drive due to the 250 ohm impedance. You can literally listen to those DT-250 all day long without listen fatigue and the same could be said about these Logans, but even more so because they not only sound great even on low volumes but is MUCH MUCH easier to drive as well. Therefore not only do they have that amazing mid range lushness/ sweetness as those ES700s but is sweet sounding across the entire spectrum. It bests the Beyer DT-250s not only because these Logans sound even more 3D, sound faster, along with bucket loads of crazy high resolution micro details with amazing clarity but they sound more realistic in their musical rendition to boot. The instrument and micro rendering on these Logans is so realistic sounding that it is surreal and that is no over statment. Bar none their realism is the best I heard from ALL the headphones as well as iems to date which even bests that of the VSonic GR07 BEs natural/ organic presentation, but the BEs is still overall better textured.
So here's the rub, the bass. Bass quantity is pretty similar to the ES700s, whereas it is kinda "soft" hitting/ sounding in the ES700s, the bass of these Logans is snappy, tight, and quick. Therefore it MIGHT sound anemic/ thin as vlenbo posted but it is really not that bad. In fact hip hop sounds amazing with these despite the lack of quantity. Even the sub bass (yes these does have sub bass presence) of these Logans extends pretty deep, but instead of a visceral throaty deep sound that ones feels from those amazing audiophile bass iem/ cans when do right, they are more of a hard snap sounding type, kinda like someone that can snap their fingers pretty damn loud. Therefore, what it lacks in quantity is made up in quality and the best way to put it is this
Sweet. The Mikros 90's tonality/tonal balance is exceptional. This is a primary point of departure between the MLs and every other pair of "detailed" cans I have owned, including the HE-6. It is the difference between, for example, hearing the strings of a guitar simply "vibrate" and hearing them "resonate" with the music/timbre/harmonics completely intact and faithfully delivered together with the fine detail of the mechanical vibration. The Mikros 90 are a "value added" product. Not only do they beat the other detailed headphones at their own game, but they add/restore a real sense of musicality unlike every other product I have owned or heard.
So, it was not HYPE, after all. You state that what was previously relegated to HYPE in fact falls short of the Mikros 90's sonic actuality. That's one for the Head-Fi record books. Or do you also answer to the name, Master Hype? : )
You will be the official Head-Fi Poster Child for the Mikros 90.
Edited by pataburd - 2/7/14 at 4:56am