Originally Posted by VanCitySound
I'm trying to determine if these are going to be listenable for me. The Sony xb series was horrible for me, muddy mids and highs. Are these just bass canons or do they really have reasonable mids, highs imaging and clarity, using the Sony xb series (mainly the 500) as a benchmark? Thanks.
Below are my impressions posted on another thread: ...
What can I say, these are definitely bass monsters just like their SZ2000 brother. That Beats track... damn, it re-arranged my face and I think I'm still cross-eyed...
Regarding overall sound sig, good news is that they DO sound warm overall but a bit more "tamed" than the SZ2000 (as I remember them). Vocals are less in your face as well. So I can say that up to this point, I prefer these more than the SZ2000 BUT... lack of clarity still kills me!!!
These were a few of my impressions in my home set-up for the SZ2000 a year ago:
JVC definitely has the BIGGER more rounded Bass, definitely a few more dBs in the bass section (sub/mid-bass), also everything is more "in your face" on the JVCs (probably due to lower impedance and me trying to match them volumes lol), yes, even the mids... BUT the lack of clarity borders on "budget/mid-fi" to me (i.e. mids less clear than AT M50s, Shure 840s, etc. ... only on head-fi those two are "budget" cans LOL).
(this above was me comparing the SZ2000s to my basshead faves Ultrasone Sig DJs mostly)
Now, the SZ1000 seem to do a BIT better with that regard but I'd definitely like them to be cleaner.
And this is actually not obvious on bassy tracks or genres like Reggaeton, Hip-hop, etc. but load up some metalcore or straight up rock and I definitely start missing the "bite", the guitar "crunch", etc. Which is kind of weird since the headphone I use the most (MrSpeakers Alpha Dogs) are warm as well but they definitely have clearer mids specifically.
Anyway, for a basshead (true basshead) these are definitely a great pick.
Personally I would still pick Monster N-Pulse headphones (similar price range?!) or the Yamaha Pro 500s over these IF you are not looking for an "Extreme" experience.