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.
Pros: 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.
Cons: 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.