So I got these today and WOW...
These are the most neutral / balanced headphones I've heard, surpassing the MDR-7520, HD600, and HE-500.
Surprisingly resolving of micro-details. Very transparent.
There is an amazing sense of coherence and sweet balance from top to botton with incredible extension on both ends.
I think these are a hidden gem and everyone should give them a try.
My guess is they will be SUPER popular soon, so I've gone ahead and created some space for us to have fun discussing them.
Here are some photos I took:
After 8 days, the pads have become a lot softer and more comfortable. My initial impressions still hold. Very neutral while retaining great body to the music. Bass is well extened and hits hard and clean, and thunders if the music calls for it. Top to down coherence is amazing. The treble is well extended and ths soundscape is airy and very open sounding. Imaging and soundstaging abilities are also off the charts.
One bad thing I noticed was that since they don't have any kind of a mid-bass hump, male voices and instruments located in the lower-mid, upper bass areas don't have that nice thick body that a lot of popular phones display (e.g. LCD-2). It sounds bit light and too clean. I guess it's neutral, but also not as enjoyable IMO. Female vocals and instruments located in the upper-mids sound awesome, sweet, extended airy and resolving.