I have it down to 5 headphones — from which I will narrow it down to 1 (…hopefully). Four of the five contenders are in my possession as I write this, the 5th should have been. Yesterday while at work, I continuously refreshed the UPS tracking page around the time I expected my B&W P7s to come, and sure enough the package was left. However, once I got home, I went to retrieve the package in the lobby of my building and did not see an appropriately sized box with my name on it. The only package addressed to me was a little envelop which could not possibly fit the P7s. I opened it up and it was an Otterbox case for an iPhone 4/4s with the order receipt for the P7s enclosed. Supposedly, Best Buy will expedite the P7s to me but I feel it won’t be until they have taken receipt of the Otterbox case I never ordered. Somewhere, somebody is enjoying my $400 pair of cans from their caseless iPhone 4.
Anyway, the other contenders are the 7520s (of course), the MDR-1Rs, the K545s, and the DT770 Pros.
Unsurprisingly, the 7520s sound the best. I really like the way they sound. However, they are the most comfortable uncomfortable headphones I have ever owned. What I mean by this is that, at times, they could feel exceptionally comfortable and at others really irritate my problematic left ear, leaving it sore after use. I feel my ears may be too large for the ear cups. Discomfort rapidly manifests with the other less-than-comfortable headphones I have auditioned, but not so much the 7520s, they are more "surreptitiously" uncomfortable.
I have a decision to make. The 1Rs would have to be shipped back tomorrow for a full reimbursement. Next to the 7520s, the sound quality of the 1Rs leaves something to be desired. But, the 1Rs are undoubtedly the most comfortable. The ergonomic engineers behind this headphone at Sony should be poached by all other headphone operations, everyone’s ears would benefit. The k545s are rather comfortable too. They are a decided second on the list in that department.
While the DT770s — compared to the 1Rs — sound clearer and more detailed, endowed with an authoritative low end, I’ll likely send ‘em back. The DT770s are a big headphone. It’s not so much that they are heavy, just that they are big. Beyerdynamic takes the circumaural thing to another level. The ear cups encompass my ears … and, then, a 5-mile radius around them.
I’ll let you guys know what I wind up doing. The 7520s are great but I can understand why so many posts in this thread have been dedicated to ear pad modifications.
Edited by SonicGoat - 8/29/14 at 12:29pm