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Great studio monitors, but that's it.
on 9 February 2011
I'll rate this based on the intentions of the developers of the product but will review including my personal experience.
For the product's intentions:
As studio monitors, they are great. They pick up sounds across the range very well. From lows to mids and highs they pick them all up equally well and give a clear sense of all the sounds in a piece of music, which is vital for any studio monitors. They can become however quite uncomfortable. After an hour or more they create an irritation on both the head and the ears. Though I've considered I may have big ears I think my experience should be the same as everyone elses. At times the comfort has become so bad I've had to just take them off. This is a frustrating downside as they could have just put bigger, valour pads to make the comfort the best possible. In considering that people in studios will wear these for long periods of time, the poor comfort is a big downside.
For people looking at buying them:
The soundstage (how far the sound 'seems' to travel around the room) is slim. The sound is basically just there on your head. Gamers or those seeking a more live feel to their music may look elsewhere.
Sound leakage is minimal. Sound barely escapes so people are unlikely to hear what you can hear at all.
The bass is not thumping. If you plug them into a standard music playing device and play a track, the bass will not be 'thumping' or powerful. This is because they're studio headphones. However if you are a bass-head like me you can adjust the lower frequencies in your EQ if you have one, and just put the bass up on your sound reproducing device. In my case, my computer. After increasing lower frequencies in the EQ, the bass is fantastic (and powerful) and I notice no reduction in quality for the rest of the pitches/frequencies, though audiophiles will probably notice quality loss. They do not need an amp. They are loud enough as it is. You can plug them into anything.
In summary. If you're into games, you may want to look at gaming headphones with good soundstage. If you're a real bass head you might want to look at bass heavy headphones. If you're big on comfort (like me) you should look elsewhere - I originally intended getting the Beyerdynamic 770/880 pros which I am sure are more comfortable, and regret not buying them however I still have doubts as to whether they would require an amp or not.
If you're a music maker / studio producer / someone looking to get more clarity in their music, these are for you. Just consider the possible issues with comfort.
The 3 stars are for their intention - to be good studio monitors, which they ARE. The 2 missing stars are due to the comfort.