Yep. I'm not especting these to sound as good as dx1000. I'm just hoping it is improvement over fa-003 and comparable to other closed headphones in 300$ price range. I will propably buy these in a couple of months unless we get a bunch of negative reviews before that. This whole thing is kind of hilarious. All I wanted is a metal headband woody with detachable cables and my only option is built by some taiwanese manufacturer and sold by a noname gaming company or LCD XC for 5x the price of arias? I don't know what designers at audio technica, jvc, fostex and denon were thinking but it definately wasn't me :D
I'm thinking design process for some of the most know wooden headphones went something like this..
At JVC headquarters:
Headphone designer: "I was thinking that we should make durable headband for dx1000. Maybe lightweight aluminium would do?"
Leading headphone designer: "Metal headband!? It is only a 1000$ headphone. I doubt people expect quality materials at this price point. We use plastic! And if, or more likely when the headband breaks we make sure we don't offer replacement parts easily online like Sennheiser does.
Headphone designer: Ok, what about detachable cables then?
Lead designer: No! It allready has a fancy plug, that should be enough!
At Denon HQ:
Headphone designer: " I was thinking we should make detachable cables for our next headphone.
Lead designer: "Excellent idea! We also should ditch the classy mahogany cups, make D7100 look like beats and sound like crap. That's a hit for sure!"
At Audio Technica HQ:
Headphone designer: "I was thinking... If we are going to use that flimsy cable on W1000X we should at least make it detachable.
Lead designer: "Stop bugging me! Go back designing the W1000X ear pads. Make sure those are thin as possible and barely circumaural!
At Fostex HQ:
Headphone designer: "How about we add detachable cables on th900? Similarly priced Sennheiser and Audeze headphones have those."
Edited by Beocord - 2/22/14 at 6:57am
Lead designer: "We're not Audeze! I'm tired of people trying to tell me what to do! When I was working with denon, people told me that I should not make the headband with one joint. And look what happened. It was fine... Only like one out of three headbands on d5000 and d7000 broke from the joint!