^ nice review
ASR, you’re right, the HP-1000 similarity is definitely one reason I like them. Another is the fact that they are neutral and extended on both ends which is rarely achieved by $1K+ headphones, much less by an on ear, closed form factor at $300. And it still manages to sound natural and rich. So, I’m definitely impressed.
As far as classical, I was listening to Karajan, Beethoven’s 7th last night which was mastered very well and the violins soar with “air” all around them while the bass adds depth and weight. I listen with an iMod and a good portable amp most of the time. So, I’d recommend giving them some time and amping them, good source, etc. just to notice their potential even if you plan to listen straight out of a phone or PC normally. If you like an accurate, uncolored sound, these should grow on you. I have also noticed if there is a bad source, recording, etc. In my experience, these are not the type of phones that will be forgiving or cover that up. If the recording or amp/source is bad, it will sound bad out of these.
Edited by robm321 - 7/16/13 at 11:38am