Got mine today, listened to them for the past hour and I just wanted to share my first impressions because I loved these guys
Just to make clear, I'm not an audiophile. I'm just a noob which listen to mostly mainstream/pop/rock/r&b music
So, I'll just make some comparisons to the R-50.
Starting with the bass, they have a little more quantity than the R-50, they're punchier with better impact. I liked much more the bass guitar on these too, it has more presence, along with the eletric guitar that have more weight in comparison to the R-50, which makes them excellent with rock/metalcore/post-hardcore. With the R-50 I had to pair them with E6 (EQ 2).
Another thing that I really liked about the VC1000 is that they don't have the same (sometimes) fatiguing trebble as the R-50, it seems that they "roll-off" (I don't know if it's the right term) right before it happens.
And now I can also discern with more clarity the sound of the piano and the violin on the background of some songs, which is awesome.
Overall they seems quite balanced to me, I guess that their frequency graph should be like a slightly "U" shapped curve. I also think they have a bit more micro detail than the R-50, but maybe it's just my imagination, as I didn't A/B'd both.
Soundstage-wise it seems they're a little smaller than R-50, but I'm not sure.
For acoustic songs I think I'd still prefer the R-50 over the VC1000 because of bit more forward mids and trebble.
Editing just to complement that they isolate more and fit waaaay better than the R-50 too (I hate their memory wire), I couldn't wear them while walking.
*I tested the VC1000 only with the double flange tips btw
So... I'm pretty happy with them now, I think I won't be looking for another pair for a long time
Edited by rodweb - 6/12/13 at 6:29am