It seems all but impossible to find a pair of portable circumaural headphones that don't either sound awful or destroy my ears with pain. I tried the 10R on at Best Buy and it was an amazing breath of fresh air in terms of comfort--I literally did not feel like I had any headphones on at all. But they had the damn thing hardwired to a display case so I couldn't play my own music and determine for myself if they were acceptable sounding.
I really don't want to do the whole "order from Amazon, hate it, return it, order from Amazon, hate it, return it" nonsense.
The ZX700 also seemed interesting to me except for one serious, serious issue--I wear my headphones over my hair. I hate pulling my hair back unless I absolutely have to. This almost always compromises the bass response and depending on the headphone that can go from a lot to a little. The junk overcompressed sample music the 10R played back at Best Buy didn't sound especially bassy to me as a result, but I can't tell if the muffled sound was purely the headphone or just the really low quality audio they had playing... so considering the ZX700's poor bass response, I'm afraid it's going to end up sounding like a tin can through my hair. Not to mention the whole dying right channel issue due to the ridiculous thin wire.
Edited by syn010110 - 7/5/14 at 10:31pm