Originally Posted by CashNotCredit
THe EFi-82 MT and the EFi-82 PRO are alleged to have the same drivers. My advice is to replace the stock pads entirely...so I personally don't believe it's worth the price markup, but to each their own.
I bought the EFi-82 "Pro" on impulse the night I ripped out my MT's wires. Sad I know but I thought I really was doomed with a dead MT. Anyway I listened to them for a few nights now and let me tell you... if you think you like the Somic EFI-82 MT, you're going to LOVE the Pro version!!! I have never heard of headphones as unique and natural-sounding as these Pros before! I'm not sure if it's the same driver as the MT but these are tuned differently. They don't have the same bass levels as the MT's, but these Pros are more neutral and a lot more analytical. Right out of the box, they're good. But to get them to sound as good as I am saying, the Opefi mod NEED to be done and the pads NEED to be replaced with bigger pads like the Shure 840's because you will want a good seal around your ears. These physically have the same housing and mechanicals of the EFi-82 MT but when I opened these up to perform the Opefi mod, I noticed that the drivers are different. You will be pulling off three fiber filters from each driver and being that it's paper-like, they tore on me. Fortunately, I kept the red/black filter from my MT's and stuck it over the whole face of the drivers. Not using a filter made the sound too ear piercing. With it and the mods done and a good equalizer setting, it feels like I am taken away in a dream every time I put these on. Yes, I equalize my music and it makes a difference. Anyway, songs that I thought sounded good before now just got more exciting yet more pleasant. In my opinion, these are notches better in sound quality than both my modded Opefi MT and Takstar Pro80. If you were curious about the Pros before but never took the plunge, do yourself a favor and get yourself the Pro version... and then mod it!
Even though I love them, it still has it's short falls: 1) the coiled cable makes the headphones feel heavy. 2) the ear cups rotate very loosely if you Opefi them--much more than my MT 'phones but yours may differ. 3) you will want to amp these if listening with an underpowered music source.
If anyone cares, I got mine from Victor Chen on aliexpress.com. He wanted some market presence so he shipped them out to me using ePacket. I was so surprised when it arrived Monday. I was expecting it to take 2-3 weeks but it arrived in just 7 days! The guy's name is Victor Chen and here's the link to his Pros: http://www.aliexpress.com/item/HOT-HOT-SALES-Free-shipping-SOMIC-EFi-82-Stereo-Headband-Headphone-multimedia-Headset-HIFI-Professional-DJ/829352731.html. If anyone gets it from him, let him know he ePacket delivered it for me and maybe he should for you too. It shouldn't hurt to ask.