So... recently found an incredible deal for Sennheiser PX-100ii. Always heard that those things sound amazing for the price... so I just couldn't resist when I saw them for $40. Honestly... easily the best sound I've heard for that price. I was very impressed with how full they sounded considering how small and 'flimsy' they looked. They certainly maintain the Sennheiser HD 5xx + HD 6xx series sound signature... laid back, warm, smooth but very open and amazing soundstage. Serious bang for the buck.
On to the real bit...
Was over @ my parents place to have dinner with them for Easter. Was listening to the phones when doing some work. My dad comments on how they look a bit 'feminine' (cause they're the white ones... it was the only ones available). I tell him that the sound is incredible... and encourage him to try. I knew that he would not be disappointed... he's a bit of a speaker kinda guy and really it's sorta his fault that I grew up learning to appreciate good sound. He was certainly impressed which led another family friend who was over to try it, they were both amazed at how full the sound was from something so small... particularly the lack of obvious distortion in the bass. My dad's friend was so impressed he was immediately convinced to look up the same deal to get them . To top it off... my mother then strolled over and tried them too. She loved them so much, I just decided to gift them to her as an early Mother's Day gift... 2 birds with one stone... in more ways than one .
Sorry to be a party pooper, but sometimes I think that I must have dud pair of PX100II's. When I ab them with the similarly priced AKG K403's and when I switch to the 403's, it is like a serious veil has been lifted across the FR spectrum. The bass becomes clear and tight, no more bass bleed into the mids, the mids become forward, lush yet detailed, and the highs are sparkly and extended.
I read lots of very positive reviews about the PX100II's though, so it must be my pair (or my ears).
Anyway, if you ever get a chance to check out the K403's, please do. Only $30, and pretty darned great imo: