These headphones caught my eye as soon as I learned of them. I love well built, physically tough headphones (and nice sounding of course!), and these seemed to fit the bill. I waited until the price fell and finally picked up a set. The box is nothing special and inside is just the headphones and cord in a tray. Instructions are printed on the box itself.
The headphones themselves are heavy, mostly made of plastic, the speaker enclosures are metal, and the cable is braided cloth. Everything feels very solid. The only "non-tough" part is the earpads, which are very thick and soft, feels like a thicker akg k550 earpad. These fit snug but comfortable, these are large headphones and definitely circumaural. i dont mind heavy headphones myself, but those who do might not like these.
The sound is slightly warm, V-shaped curve, slightly aggressive. Compared to it's brother the fidelio X1, the Crash has less bass, brighter highs and mids, slightly less refined, easier to drive. The Crash is not as bright as an AKG K550 though, and has more bass than the K550 as well. These impressions are with only a few hours of use. These work best with rock and pop, not as well with classical due to the aggressive sound signature.
The Crash has a "chill out" mode which basically lets the earcups hinge out so you can put these around your neck and listen to your music as kind of a background noise. A dubious feature, but I tried it, and it is kind of cool.
Edited by ourfpshero - 5/20/14 at 4:25pm