Size comparison to the Denon D5000:
Size comparison to DT770:
I've just fired them up.
I can't find ANYTIHNG about these online, apart from an Italian blog, that just discusses the brand.
I know that Maruni made some Electret phones back in the day, but I highly doubt these fall into that category.
I've decided that instead of just asking if anyone knows anything about them, I'll give them a full review myself. No real point, other than just for common interest.
I'll come back later with a full review, once I've given them some solid hours, but my first impressions so far:
Build Quality: Stunning. Definitely not of this era. A lot of Metal parts, solid housing, and *very* comfortable. We're talking Beyerdynamic comfortable. I have a large head, so it might have something to do with that. It actually has individual volume knobs on each ear. The potentiometers are soft, turn well, and feel great. One is a little crackly, but still turns like a dream.
Impedance: Large. Typical of vintage cans, I guess. But it requires more power than my 250ohm DT770's do, so it's asking for a fair bit.
Quick run-down on sound:
Detailed, strong, layered bass. Surprising for an open-back vintage headphone, honestly I expected it to just sound very mid-heavy, with no top end or bass.. But that's just not the case. The bass isn't as prominent as in the DT770 or D5000, but is dynamic, quick, and textured.
Mids, are where these really shine. I only own one other open-back can, the Fischer FA-011, so maybe it's just that I'm new to the open-back thing, but I'm amazed. Creamy, rich, accurate mids. It's the first time, in a long time, that I've had shivers down my spine from listening to female vocalists (that I listen to regularly).
Highs, are interesting. There is some roll-off involved, but not enough to muffle anything. It's actually the much higher end of things, the more "sibilant" area of the frequency scale, that has been a little rolled. For me personally, I enjoy a warmer signature, and I tend to like my music quite loud, so I enjoyed this, as it wasn't painfully sibilant.
The highs are still present, however. They have a relaxed, non-fatiguing sound, but are still bright enough to send chills down my spine.
Instrument separation - Fantastic. The level of detail on these cans are superb. I'm not sure if it's just me being new to open-back cans, but I do own a few pairs of IEMs (Westone 3, Westone UM3X, thinksound MS01) and whilst these aren't quite reaching IEM levels of detail - they are not far off. A big call, I know.
The Imaging (soundstage?) is very, very wide. Listening to binaural recordings is a very unusual (and great) experience. I think this is why people like open-back headphones so much, and if so, it's something that I can definitely get into.
The cable is a 1/4" Jack connector, and is falling apart. I'd love to re-cable these headphones, purely for longevity. If anyone knows somewhere in Australia to get this done professionally, let me know, as I'm not willing to attempt it myself.
I'll post more details later, if anyone is interested. If you guys have any details on this brand, I'd love to hear it.
Edited by White Lotus - 5/31/13 at 5:05am