I gotta give a quick first impression of these.
First off upon opening, I was cringing at the fact how squeaky the construction is. Everything just seems to creak and it feels like 10 dollar Sony headphones you find hanging in a Walmart. Though the headband seems nice, very nice and soft. Much softer than my pillows.
I heard a lot about the connectors but I decided to give these a go. Cable quality seems ok, maybe a little thin but it allows for very little if any microphonics. Especially like the the springy right angle connector. Though I guess only time will tell how well and long the connections last on the earcups. Not too excited.
Upon listening, wow. It sounds very open for a closed headphone, and the bass is.. almost perfect. Maybe just a touch too much for my tastes but it's very thumping good. No muddiness or distraction from the music.
The mids, well I don't really judge mids well but guitars come through clear and clean, same for vocals. Very detailed surprisingly.
The treble, clean and detailed as well. I found it to be the perfect amount of treble for the "open" sound. I didn't find it at all bright though I do lean towards a brighter signature more than the warm.
I liked the sound on these much more than my Momentum M2's (GASP I know), M50S, Yamaha MT220's, and my Grado SR225e.
(I haven't directly compared them, but from I think from the top of my head, I liked the Onkyo's sound much more).
I guess the sound is like the Audio Techncia house sound, but on steroids (or maybe adderall but you get the point).
Still not completely sold on its longevity and its construction though.