I'm a studio engineer used to listening to sounds in far too much depth for my own good! I realised that all of my audio gear was designed to reveal the music I was listening too in all its stark ugly glory, in order to better be able to improve it. So I decided to treat myself to a pair of headphones designed to make music sound GOOD no matter what.
I hadn't actually seen any of the rave reviews before I went to the local high quality audio shop armed with a few cd's I knew well. I have to say that none of the other headphones in the same range came near, and I even preferred the sound to quite a few of the post £200 models. If you compare these headphones side by side with its rivals it blows them clear out of the water, awesome!
everything is tight and clear, they have restored my enjoyment for listening to music. They sound great on mp3 players and the like but hook them up to a great D/A converter and CD quality audio and I find that I can enjoy listening to pretty much anything!
I love the old style look too, much better than plastic space pads IMO. The build quality on mine are pretty good, no complaints here though I hear that at this price point some of the cosmetics can be a little shoddy. hey, its worth it for the sound!
As a side point though, they are not good for studio monitoring, they try and make a simple unaltered bass synth sound too good and its no good for your perception! they go plenty loud enough for produced audio but when mixing and tracking mine sound a little odd and struggle to keep up with yet-to-be compressed sounds etc for example they can buzz a bit with an untamed sub. I still find myself using them when working on parts late at night.
That said, this is not a concern for anyone other than producers and hey, if you want monitor headphones you wouldn't be looking at these. I'm thinking of buying a second pair in case they ever stop making them, they are that good!