I don't think you were harsh at all. Funny pic I'm not going to argue that these headphones probably do sound more preferable than most $100-150 dj headphones. Sennheiser usually does deliver on sound. I just don't think for strictly Djing purposes sq is all that important and that beat matching is not all that difficult. I also feel that dj's are rough on their headphones and with no tests done like v-moda did, toughness is a question mark imo. At least for me I have a much easier time beating up a $100 phone than a $400 phone.
At least for me as important as sq is so is lightness and portability(mdr-7506), and angled jack(rpdj1200's), adjustable bass boost(k181dj's), comfort (adding dog pads to 7506's) and toughness(crossfade m80's). All of these headphones are significantly cheaper and at least for "djing purposes only" going to be just as effective because I don't feel that beatmatching is all that difficult and the features I mentioned are features that these new sennheiser headphones do not have.
If sennheiser wanted to call these xb7's and xb8's as sony did with their bassy headphones I would not take the position that I do but they did not do that. They claim that these are the ultimate dj headphones, and are charging as such ($400), that will give a dj an advantage in the club and I can point out lots of features that these headphones are missing that are found on $100 dj phones.
At least to me I don't think these new headphones will give dj's much of an advantage at all in the club and sadly allot of dj's are just syncing now anyways. Also every mixer I have tried has had their sq focus on the speaker outs not the headphone. just my 2 cents
Out of the 7506, rp1200, 181dj, vmoda, the only one that has any longevity is the 7506. They are in the same league as a dj headphone as the hd25. However, 7506 is WAY more sibilant and uncomfortable. In the overall scope of things, the HD headphone lineup is a luxury. However, isn't almost everything on headfi? For djing purposes a lot of headphones can get the job done fine. Djs are usually a stubborn bunch and will stick with what works. As both a dj and a headphone fanatic, I can say that the hd8 is a true joy to have on my head. Almost every other dj headphone I've used sounds and feels like a toy compared to the hd8s. I honestly cannot see any other headphone being better for djing purposes.