Hey fellas, I got the V1s back from Zach earlier this week (had a driver failure after the meet AND asked if he could offer some slight mod to increase the treble brightness a touch) and thought I'd post some impressions.
First: In the interest of being honest, when I listened to these at the meet, I wasn't exactly blown away... Not to say I thought they sounded bad, but I've always been an open-back guy and coming from the RS1, the V1s were heavy, clampy, and congested. That's a hard pill to swallow especially given the hype train that everyone wants to be a part of. Right before we raffled I mentioned to Fred two things: 1. I would be ok if I didn't win these because at the time, I didn't think they'd get a lot of head time and 2. I never win anything. Well, irony is a sly mistress (or something like that).
Next: First, impression: Lush. These are probably the richest mids I've ever heard (including the RS1i, HE500, and DT880/990s). The RS1 does win in texture, but given its an open back design with a healthier price tag, that's ok. Now for the V1s, the mids are just addicting. Full, manly, musical mids that have a very natural sound. Vocals are on point with the heralded HE500s. Guitars and synths have nice texture and weight without being a-Grado-essive. Second impression: Separation is excellent. I've never really enjoyed closed back cans compared to open as they always sound congested to me. If I've ever needed isolation, I just use IEMs. The V1s have grown on me in this regard. At first, they just couldn't compete with the space and separation that the HE500 and RS1 were getting. After a few days of listening, they certainly don't separate better, but I have grown accustomed to the sound and appreciate it more. There is still decent space (for a closed can) that makes hearing everything effortless. I've pared down my desktop setup and run everything through an O2/ODAC combo that certainly gives them plenty of juice. Nice and clean.
I'm looking forward to spending more time with these guys as well as trying out more and more of my music library. I've enjoyed my jazz/funk fusion immensely with them i.e. Snarky Puppy, Jaco, Budos Band, etc. and have recently enjoyed their capabilities with my old jazz records. I will say that even though they don't throw the largest soundstage ever, they do very well with some of my classical recordings. Holst, Prokofiev, and Beethoven all sound very natural and accurate.
Big thanks again to Zach for 1. Sending em for the raffle and 2. Tuning them a bit for my taste. Also, one more shout to @Theogenes for putting the whole thing together. None of this would've been possible without him and it's certainly an understatement to say that I enjoyed myself!
Edited by JoeDoe - 5/31/14 at 12:33pm