well, I received them an hour ago....I really don't know where to start...after reading the last couple of weeks Miow's comments in the K167 thread, I just thought he exaggerated a bit here and there (my apologees Miow)
I have never heard a headphone sounding so good (I do not really believe in burn-in, but time will show me the wiser)
The build quality is excellent, it's almost all metal, and the headband is leather with a thick padding that feels really soft. The cups are a bit on the small side, but I have a big head & ears (only the Denon's fit me) my ears are touching the foam on the drivers, probably because the earpads are really soft and can be pressed in real easy. At the moment my ears are getting warm, but not so much as they do when I am wearing the ATH M50.
There are two cables included (1 coiled, 1 straight) both are 9 feet, and a really nice pouch.
My other headphones include Denon D2000 & D7000, Sennheiser HD 650 & HD 25-1 II, Beyerdynamic DT150, ATH M 50 (white box) Creative Aurvana Live! AKG K181dj I'm listening through a Meier Quickstep, but I also have a Meier Symphony, I play original CDs on an Arcam CD ...(forgot the number, sorry)
I recently auditioned The Beyerdynamic COP( too much or no bass, grainy highs), Sennheiser Momentum (too veiled highs, floppy bass) Logitech UE6000 (high too veiled) and the Denon D600 (just sounded unnatural) I returned them all.
The music I listen to is very diverse...Pink Floyd, Genesis, Yes, King Crimson, Pocrupine Tree, John Scofield, Mike Stern, Kate Bush, Diana Krall, Patricia Barber, Film Scores, Klaus Schulze, Kraftwerk, Steely Dan, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, Sting, Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Dave Brubeck, David Sylvian, Ozric Tentacles....etc. etc.
What can I tell you more, the ring to adjust the bass works really smooth, you can adjust it while you are wearing them. It's not like on the Beyerdynamic (1 no bass, 2 too much for me, 3 also too much with more midbass and 4 subwoofer on your head)
the 3 settings on the AKG are all close to each other, the are all 3 very usable, it's not that one of the setting has too much bass while another has no bass, they all have bass, but just a bit more in Stage-setting and a bit less in Studio setting, obviously when you look at the music I listen to you can see that I'm not a bass head, but I like the bass to sound good (I have been playing bass for 30 years) so I prefer the Club setting (that way I can increase the bass on bass-lean recordings, and decrease it when there's too much bass in the recording)
The quality of the bass is really very good, way better than on Denon's 2K & 7K. I don't think there's mid bass missing, but perhaps that's because I like it like this.
The highs are the best I have ever heard, I tried some "loudness-wars remasters, and they are listenable, that might sound like the highs are reduced, but that's not the case, female vocals reveal those lovely ss's, just the way they should be.
I don't know what to tell you anymore now, I will listen the rest of the day, I'm really impressed by this headphone....
ps. I want to thank Miow for all his posts in the K167 thread, he made me want to buy these phones, and I have no regrets about that!
Congrats! Thanks for the impressions. They may change a bit more as your ears get used to them as well. Looking forward to more...