Just Picked Them up at the post office today.I have been running them for a few hours on my desktop setup at work. (Schiit Modi2U and Schiit Vali). And no I am home using my fiio X3 II as my source.
Initial Impressions. Seems like too much plastic until you realize that those hinges are better than some of the cabinet doors in the house. there seems to be more than enough metal where it counts. The extra Ear Pads are nice. Very Nice case. Yeah Big and Ugly. But this is a case of function over form. They are about as comfortable as My ATH M50x's. The pads do create good seal and is sill tolerable when wearing glasese. the weight does not bother me much either.
Out of the box I am very very impressed. the lows are nice and controlled the highs are very clean. I agree the balance is very nice. But Damn the detail of the higher frequencies without the distortion is impressive. I tried a monster cable with balanced double blah blah buzzword, buzzword. And yes I agree the stock cable is crap. Even this $9 cable decreased what little siblance there is and brought out a little more punch on the low end. the fancy one someone recommend earlier on the thread earlier from amazon is on my list. I decided to try the siblance test from hell. Bollywood music. (Long story short, Great grand parents were from India.) if you want to talk about high frequencies that can make tweeters rattle like a spray can. I have heard Some of these songs take speakers that sounded very good and just tear them apart. Flutes, violins, Sitars and very high pitched female vocals. The PSB's make them sound better!!!! The Grados just made it unbearable for me. There are some old recordings that I though were just ok. But they actually sound good in these cans. I have Listened to Hip Hop, Rock Country, Electronic, reggea and yes they handle just about everything well so far. I am still on these Indian Songs. Might be for a while. Ill give them more time to burn in and settle down. but I am so far very happy with what I am hearing.
Are you confusing "sibilance" and "stridence" by any chance? They are often confused by folks. Sibilance is when things sound "lispy," with over-accentuated "sssss" sounds or even "ss" sounds that sound like "th" instead. Stridence is when treble/upper-mids peaks are too piercing and painful.
Anyway, if you're talking about sibilance, this is nice to know (i.e. that a better cable will eliminate the sibilance issue), and makes me possibly reconsider the M4U 1 instead of the Sony MDR-1A. . .the main reason, sound-wise, I was planning to get the MDR-1A instead, is because of the sibilance I heard when testing the M4U 1. On the other hand, the MDR-1A is still FAR better than the M4U 1 in terms of build, portability, and comfort. . .and portability is very important to me right now. So I'm still not sure what I'll choose in the end.