How's that working out?
Mine are here! First impression; nice and a fun listen but not as musically involving as my Hifiman RE-400 IEMs. Going to let these break in for a few weeks and do a real comparison. Overall satisfied with the purchase at this early point.
The Sony PHA-1 drives them beautifully when set to high gain:
The mids are more coherent than any other portable I've tried except the HRT microStreamer, but the PHA-1 has more power - so of course there's more authority in the bass.
I love these headphones thus far. They connect me to the music emotionally (most important for me) and have a nice amount of air between instruments/sounds.
I'm also waiting for them to break in! I did the Warren G1 mod last night!!
Would these be a significant upgrade over the V-Mode Crossfade LP? I bought these on the recent Amazon GB special for $75. However, I'm still on the fence with them. The 20 ft. cable is a turn off on the Pioneers though since I need something portable. The LP's are good in that regard. I also like a good amount of bass for electronic music which, again, the LP's are good at.
There is no point saying you get HD 650 at $45. From what impressions have been so far, these would be decent buys around $100 and can sell up to $150 or so. At $200 there is probably no market for them. So we are probably talking of HD 558 level as a can.
I may be wrong, but it seems you've confused your preferences and have made an overall blanket statement on an otherwise 'superior' headphone (K701). Obviously it's not right to say the K701 is better than the SE-A1000, but neither is the opposite. It's like me saying the HD 600 spanks the SR325i, when in truth, it doesn't. They just contain two totally different sound signatures which different people care for.
This is great line. Well said.