First impressions of the Purplehearts... No burn-in, plugged straight in. The big & low reaching bass of my D2000's is still here, very nice punch for hip-hop etc. Vocal clarity is very good (through ModiBit & Lyr 2). Mids are recessed quite an amount, but good quality. It's clearly a fun, non-analytical headphone, no surprises there. After using LCD-2.1 and Sine lots recently, it sounds totally different. The higher highs seem pretty low in the mix. There's some very small bubble-wrap marks on the cups that I didn't notice at first, but they can be seen in straight 'n strong light - couldn't really care less. The wood is quite dark and not as red as many early photos, clearly purple. The headband seems to have less reach than the Denons, but just right for my big head fully extended. Earpads are a hair less comfy than the D2000 (with larger openings). But there's still very little clamping pressure, so I'd call these comfortable anyhow. I'm not listened to these right next to the Denons (going from memory) - we'll see how they compare. P.S. Cutting the bass a few db's from 125hz (on iTunes EQ) cleans up the low rumble lots.