Originally Posted by TripBitShooter
i did try taping the vents and it helped a little. sorry fizban if i seemed a little imposing but i really wonder how is this balanced.
Compared to its direct predecessor the MDR-10RNC, it is much more balanced. It's still bass heavy no doubt. I think it's a combination of naturally bass happy driver coupled with supra-aural cups that makes these quite sloppy. But it's quite warmer and more balanced than MDR-10R, which are quite cold and dark. These have a quite warmer and slightly brighter tilt to their sound than the MDR-10Rs.
Again, for what's its worth, for $150-175 Street price, you can't find a set of headphones that does all that this thing does. In and of itself, this should be of interest for most people looking for a very high tech headphones. Not for most of us here, and I prefer ZX700/MDR-1Rs for critical listening. But when I'm outside at a cafe, laptop hoboing, these will work nicely to drown out the noise and listen to music and even make phone calls. Sonically, I'd put these on the level of MDR-ZX300/500. Quite unrefined but decent enough for most. I'm about 20 hours in now, and there hasn't been a dramatic change in sound one way or another. And placement of these are very critical. If you want less bass, try placing the opening just slightly front of your opening, though it makes vocals much more nasal.
One thing that bothers me about the NC is the mic placement at the bottom of the cup. Unlike the MDR-10RNC, it only has a single set of mic that's used for voice pickup on Bluetooth. Stationary, you're fine, but when you're walking, you get more of the wind noise when ANC is active.
Edited by Damage - 7/9/14 at 11:23pm