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The headphone that proves spending more is getting more

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Pros: good sound, good comfort, sweet for movies and games

Cons: on-ear padding not for me, not the best music phone

The 485s were my first big splurge on a hopefully higher end sound experience. They were not a disappointment, but I did move on from these fairly quickly compared to others I have owned.   The on-ear padding is comfortable, but I prefer circum-aural for long-term comfort. Headband is great and overall look is sort of weird. Never liked the color, but its about the sound, not the look for me. Cord is high quality feeling, doesn't tangle easily (better than my Senn 595s cord). Easily driven by common sources, even Mp3 players. Build quality might be lacking. I dropped them about twice, and that knocked out almost every plastic tab available to hold on one of the pads. Everything...
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A sick introduction to better-end headphones

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Pros: Supreme comfort, supreme long-term listening, works with most music, easily amped by common sources

Cons: A little too "repressed" for rock n' roll, atrocious 1/4 to 1/8 adapter

I've owned these Senns for over 3 years, and don't plan on getting rid of them either, even having bought an audibly superior set of phones from a competitor. Hopefully that says a lot - these are too good to just abandon, but not quite good enough to have satisfied me til death do us part. I have discovered that they fare even better with a quality Amp/DAC solution, which was a nice surprise. With better equipment, they certainly hold their own against my HE-400s, and call the value of the extra-costs of buying the HE-400s into question. But, without question, their performance has some limits which coaxed me to finally  move on.   I find these phones to be extremely...
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The Little Beast that Laughs at Everyone

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Pros: Does its Job and Does it Well

Cons: Pricey? Even for what you get . . .

Lets see, a battery powered Amp that runs for hours on hours with a charge, or a desktop Amp that can throw almost a watt out and run forever?   I don't know - its sort of both. It is too big to be taken anywhere, but definitely small enough to travel if you want it to. I ordered mine with a black face plate which I think is a little cooler looking.   There appears to be some "mythology" surrounding this amp, some claim it "ruins" their sound quality while others think its awesome. I think its an amp - that is, it takes a signal, amplifies it, and otherwise has no real impact on what you hear. It has no real noise I can detect (except at max gain of 6.5X with nothing playing...
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Exceptional Sound Quality for $400

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Pros: Extrodinary sound quality, relatively easy to drive, well tuned for the "everything" listener

Cons: Comfort could be improved

***Update 1/9/2014   I've written a longer review elsewhere in the forum.   In short, these phones' offer tremendous sound for the money. Well-textured, virtually transparent, fast attack, with a balance tending toward "bright". They will present your most complex recordings with an effortlessness you've likely not heard before. The bass is incredible - in the sense that it can be punchy, and very well extended. You will notice bass lines differently with these, and sub-bass frequencies skipped by most headphones will be replicated here with little distortion. If you happen to listen to everything (like me), you know how important it is to have a balanced sound, and these...
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