Thanks Me x3 that's exactly the kind of response I was looking for. I really think these two open headphones should be considered and compared against each other a lot more often as they both seem to be unmatched at their current price, not to mention similar in performance.
I have to say it is tempting, like robakri I'm in the EU region and the main thing that's putting me off is the price here in the UK compared to the US. Domestically you guys have a great price, but when importing to the UK the shipping actually costs more than the headphone itself, which brings the total to around $106 (as opposed to the original $45, which it is still going for). This is literally the cheapest option I can find anywhere, and I've searched far and wide... so it's a big premium, more than double!
(Of course if there is anyone here who wants to sell off their used Pioneers and is willing to ship to the UK, I would gladly pay up to $80 for a pair including shipping. I do wonder how many want to let go of their pair though, but I'd thought I'd put that out there just in case!)
Comfort is also a concern here, and for someone with small-ish head the Takstars look like a clear winner here. My Sennheisers were super-comfy so I've been a bit spoiled in that regard, so the comfort is one of the big reasons why I opted for the Takstars. I could mod the Pioneers as shown on the first page but it seems like a bit of a gamble, I'm willing to try it though and ideally I'd want to compare these headphones for myself, if I can justify that significant price difference.
Having said all that, I may save up for a few weeks and take the plunge as I'm just too damn curious... they definitely sound closer to the sound I want - smooth yet detailed, not too overbearing on the highs, but I am skeptical that they would be worth paying almost double the price of the Takstar (in my case) to get that little bit more quality. Is it really worth almost double the price of the Takstars? If I can achieve a very similar sound through EQing the Takstars to sound a little closer to these Pioneers (lets say by taming the highs a little and adding a touch more warmth), I may have to give these a miss for the time being, at least until the price drops a little over here. Have you tried EQing the Takstars like this Me x3? It seems to me that the main difference between these two phones sonically is the slightly brighter highs on the Takstars, which make them sound a little more unforgiving in comparison, as you implied.
I guess what I'm asking is, is there a significant difference between these two after some careful tweaking of the EQ to get a Pioneer-esque sound signature?
I think it would be something worth trying, especially for those of us who can't immediately get our hands on the Pioneers for the same price as the Takstars. Both drivers seem very comparable in terms of quality and detail overall from what I've read, so I'm quite confident that something like this can be done with good results, despite their differences. It's something I'm going to attempt to do myself, though it would be far easier if I already owned both so I could switch between them while adjusting the EQ to match. Just wondering if you've attempted to do this yourself, though I know playing around with EQs is not for everyone!
One last thing... if you could expand upon what you said here, about voice reproduction, it would be much appreciated:
"Both are detailed headphones, but pioneers are better all-rounders, specially because there is a huge difference in voices reproduction."
I've head the quality of the midrange in the Takstars is also one of it's stronger points, would you say this is more of a difference in frequency response where the Pioneers sound decidedly more lush out of the box?
Edited by Snoozles101 - 8/20/13 at 8:00am