Got them in a couple hours ago, first impressions (I'll put the very first of my thoughts at the top, and go down with progressive thoughts with positives or negatives):
+very good packaging and presentation. I like the detachable cables and customly-shaped foam of the travel box.
+picking the headphones up and they feel nice and sturdy for the weight
+they look very good considering their choice of paint texture
-the headband doesn't inspire confidence. the headband adjustment sliders are plastic while the angle adjusters appear to be metal.
-oh my god these earpad openings are small
+the earpads feel very nice though, and are thick
+these have very great timbre. a nice, lush and warm sound without bloat throughout the lower mids and upper bass
+the bass is in nice balance and the upper mids are in nice balance. it doesn't sound as disjointed as the M50
-the bass isn't as punchy or viscerally impactful as the he-400... not even in the same realm
+the bass extends real nice, solid down to the lowest octaves
+this is a very smooth sound with no noticeable peaks, and not that forward sounding to me unlike Tyll's opinion
-there seems to be a general glaze or veil over the sound compared to my EQ'd HE-400, it could be from being a closed headphone or a lack of lower treble presence or air. this headphone is still very clear for a closed-back though, and the glaze is nothing as bad as the mad dog.
-it lacks the dimensionality and realism of the he-400. it also lacks some tactility which I attribute to the he-400's speed.
I really like these headphones, their sound strikes me as having a slight warm tilt, a very controlled but slightly anemic bass, and a very even sound with no harshness. What I don't like this headphone are earpad openings that are too small, a bass that isn't as punchy as I thought it would be, and a general veil. The overall timbre and evenness of the sound is very beautiful though, perhaps the best I've heard besides an LCD2, although this headphone doesn't make me puke at times for being too mellow like the LCD2.
What I'd ideally like is a headphone with a general sound signature like this, but a more impactful bass, less veil in the lower treble and bigger earpad openings. I think I'll look into an NAD Viso HP50 instead. IF the earpad openings were a little bigger I'd think about keeping them, otherwise the problem is too big for me to consider them. I feel it's a big enough problem that it shouldn't garner the wall-of-fame award on Innerfidelity. If focal fixes the small earpad openings, then they're easily wall-of-fame candidates.
Edited by TMRaven - 2/14/14 at 3:51pm