I have been looking a long time for headphones to replace my still phenomenal sounding Sony MDR-V900 from 2004 (The phones are just ragged after 10 years of on the go use). Somewhere about 15 years ago i got turned on to high fidelity headphones and purchased, with little research, the Sony MDR- V600. They blew my mind how much better they were than the cheap 30 pairs I had been using. I was then on hooked on having good audio quality headphones with a price max around 300ish. I deliver pizza.... I would love to be able to afford a Planar Magentic setup, and spend 1,000, but...
So for the past 7 months, I've been reading tons of reviews off head-fi.org, CNET, Innerfidelity, and others, like here as well. For what I was looking for, being, First, high reviews on them being neutral!!! sounding. A close second is comfort. for long sessions. I might spend 4-8 straight a day with them on. Style not so much. Cords were not that important. Ohms were; needed low Ohms so my LG G3 could push them well enough, until I get a DAP and AMP.
I have been using a Sony Studio Monitor grade headphone since around 2000, between the two pairs, the neutrality was what really turned me on the nuances and balance in music through a headphone, along with sound stage, a separation of instruments; giving depth, that a headphone can bring, to music . With that, these phones HIT IT!!! But I couldn't hang for 5 hours sessions; many others can with ease. Buy'em and try! Waaay worth the try.
Clarity, Neutrality, Depth in Sound Stage, Instrument Isolation, Treble never hurt, accurate responsive bass, but not overt. Listened to EDM, Bluegrass, Metal, Pop, and classical. ACCURATE bass on all. Overrall sound is 5 star for the money. Phones I still give 5 star even though I comfort came in to play after a few hours. They are great, and its just my head....we're all different. I'll add PSB put much attention to comfort, on these headphones, and it shows.
Of the many shaped heads and ears in the world, begrudgingly mine didn't work out for long sessions. I had to return because of discomfort on one ear after 3-4 hours straight listening. Now, this is just me. Of the dozens of reviews I've read on these phones, very few had this issue. So you'll probably be find. Need something I can wear for 8. Trying Paul Barton's NAD version next, hopefully those will hit the comfort zone.