Recently, I saw the Marshal Monitors at Best Buy, and figured I'd go give them a listen. These are easily the best headphones I have heard, albeit in my relatively limited experience. The bass is super tight and goes real low, and yet the highs are crisp, and stringed instruments and percussion come to the front when they are supposed to. I am hearing things in music I have never heard before, which hasn't happened since I purchased the S4's several years ago. Also, the build quality on these is impressive. They are almost entirely metal besides the ear cups, which are a plastic with a nice leather texture to cut down on weight. They do not feel cheap at all, however. The bronze tags screwed into the headband to denote right and left are a nice touch, and not having to hunt for which side is which is nice. The ear cups are also nice and soft, both in terms of the leather-like material they are made out of, as well as the quality of the foam padding itself. The clamping pressure is just enough for them to stay put, but I don't ever have problems with them hurting after long periods. The headband is also nice and large, as usually I have to make headbands as big as they go, but I still have a few notches left on this one. Another nice feature is that the cable can plug in to either the right or left ear cup, and the jack on the other, unused side becomes a headphone splitter. I don't know what they does to quality, but when I tested it I was hard pressed to tell much of a difference, and it can be pretty convenient at times.
I am aware that these are by no means the best headphones out there, and I hope as I go I can at least try out some better ones. But I feel that for the money I spent on them ($199), they beat out most of the competition at this range, especially for someone looking for "fun" headphones rather than the flattest and most accurate ones out there (those these are not as unbalanced as, say, the M50 or something of that nature. In fact, there is a graph of the EQ of the headphones on the back of the box, both with the filters in and with them out, and with them out, they have emphasized bass and treble, with mids just a little recessed, but in music vocals still come through brilliantly.
Has anyone else tried these out/have any impressions on how they compare to other sets in this price range? (Senn 380 pro, etc).