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A good try
on 23 May 2016
I bought these as a replacement while my AKG 812 was being repaired (Flexible conductors in the head band had failed. Expensive to repair. Make sure you have a warranty). First the good news: speach, unsung, is comparable with AKG with the exception of the highs being a bit too sharp. Especially noticeable on t, th and s with the female voice. The effect is more pronounced with the Denon USB300 DAC; the Aune is less sharp - perhaps the effect of having a tube. The mids are good. It is also easier to drive.
Unfortunately, musically, it can not compete. The sound stage is much reduced. The seperation of instruments is simply not there. The articulation of the nuances of the human voice are missing. It is this last point which is important to me. I am surprised by the amount of emotional content that is carried by the higher harmonics. I would say that as far as overall frequency response is concerned it is about 98% the same as the AKG, but for me it is in the 2% that much of the musical magic resides. I can understand why others think highly of these headphones; someone else would give it four stars in comparison. They are good for the price. I am simply highly demanding.They get added to my collection of lesser headphones.