there were a number of "concerned" threads about ecost and the sennheiser
refurbished hd 595 for $138. mine came in yesterday picture perfect. i am not even sure they were refurbished. there is no way that packing was ever opened. maybe worth a shot for those who backed off. well well worth the price. great cans by the way... in the burnin phase right now
Not to defend eCost - but just to offer my own impression, I've ordered from them a dozen time in the past five years. Didn't run into any problems, short of an order for T-Amps being on hold for 2 months before stock came in. Here's hoping no more electric-taped cans show up for you fellows - this is a nice deal.
Also, 'refurbished' often suggests that a product was either returned to the manufacturer or simply unsold old stock - both of which that are run through quality inspection and repackaging. I've never received a refurbished item that appeared to be a previously opened box. Still, caveat emptor.