I picked up the Woodphones 10 months ago, so I've had quite a bit of experience with them in my collection. Despite me having sold off most of my closed headphone collection, the Woodphones will remain in my collection forever as a beautiful closed headphone with some solid positive sound qualities.
What really drew me to these headphones was the design and the customization options. FreqWood (then Architectural Woodphones) tried very hard to really put the experience with these headphones amazing. They came with a little plaque with my name on it as well as my name being burned on the inside of the headphones.
The woodwork looks great, the colors work well, and the pieces all fit well together. The leather headband is designed after the auto-sizing headbands and fits my head nicely (despite me having a small head). The Beyerdynamic pads are soft and comfortable.
It is worth noting that Blake has made improvements and is working on Fostex-based designs on his Woodphones now and that my review is on the older models.
[size=xx-small]This photo came off of the Facebook page for the Woodphones -- it was far nicer than any of the pictures I was able to take and illustrate the beauty of the headphones far better than my amateur images.[/size]
I was pleasantly surprised by how comfortable these headphones were -- they are all-day headphones. They are the lightest headphones in my collection and use what appears to be Beyerdynamic velour pads. The pads are soft, the clamp is low, and they're light. The only issues I've noticed with regards to comfort are that my ears do warm up a bit quicker than expected in the velour pads and that occasionally my ears touch the inside wall of the headphones. Besides those minor issues, though, these are some of the most comfortable closed headphones I've used.
The bass is emphasized on these headphones, helping to create the v-tilted sound signature. Unfortunately, the bass is probably the weakest part of these headphones -- it is emphasized but the quality of the bass is rather low. It sounds very "one-note" and thumpy, relative to headphones with more articulate bass.
When I equalized the bass down a bit, it reduced how noticeable the thumpy effect was, but did not remove it completely.
The sound signature underemphasizes the mids, giving way to the emphasized base and highly tuned treble. With regards to clarity, the mids do come out cleaner than most of the "budget-fi" headphones, but they don't quite reach the level of clarity seen in the higher end headphones.
The highs are very emphasized on this headphone, particularly in the 6khz range. When listening to music, expect to hear the cymbals really shimmer out. It gives a bit of a faux-detail effect as seen with the KSC75, giving a sharp edge on most songs. In terms of treble-heavy headphones, the tuning was nicer to my ears because they avoided sibilance, despite the treble emphasis. I did not find the headphones particularly fatiguing, but I could definitely see treble-sensitive listeners having an issue with the sound signature. Overall, these are one of the brightest headphones in my collection.
Other Sound Thoughts:
I'm not sure if it is a result from the sound signature or the design that causes the sound stage to sound wide on the Woodphones, but they sound more akin to a semi-open headphone in terms of soundstage -- although the bass issues muddle the overall imaging of the headphones.
To be brutally honest, at their original $200 price point, the original Woodphones were overmatched in terms of the acoustics. That said, the experience of ordering them, getting everything customized with a customized design, and their light-weight comfort makes them overall a winner and a very unique headphone. Although I would advise against purchasing one as a primary high-end closed headphone, I would heavily suggest them to anyone looking for something different and comfortable.