Summary: I've tried about two dozen pairs of headphones and I'm always looking for the absolute best pair for vocals. I also want forward sounding mids, but not too bad. My preference is also for highs that are not harsh or fatiguing. Being somewhat rolled off is ok. I find the SRH-840 is what I like in this area.
The best thing about this headphone is the quality of vocals. It just sounds amazing with both male and female vocals.
Pros: Crystal clear vocals, neutral, lightweight, cheap, LOTS of detail, amazing Imaging, good soundstage, forward mids
Cons: Slightly rolled off highs, lack of bass to some, needs amp, coiled cable, requires burn-in
Summary: I have about 12 hours into this set of phones and I am impressed they do just about everything well not great. I have used them on my PS3 playing BFBC2 and I can hear things I have never heard before. I am able to locate where bullets are coming from and when someone is coming up the stairs. They are not the best for gaming but they will do the trick if you are on a budget and want something well balanced in all areas.
Pros: Great Price, Decent sound, Lifetime Warranty
Summary: So, after many many hours of research I finally found a headphone that sounds good and it doesn't go over my limit of $70 in Canada. If I had lived in the U.S. I maybe would have picked up the CAL! instead... but I'm sure glad I didn't! Some impressions:
Here's where they fall really short. Comfort.
Pros: Great mids, looks rather stylish and great value.
Summary: Great for the price. I use them every day at work and they take a beating. The base is not as strong as beats but they hold up very well. They are crisp and clear and hard to beat at this price point.
Pros: Great sound, light and good construction. Blocks out side noise well. Come with very nice carrying case.
Cons: Don't like standard curly cord it came with, but easy fix was found. I went to the place the.shack where the radios could be found and got a nice long cord I like for a few bucks.
Summary: Bass: Definitely not an "extreme bass" headphone like the box says. There is a very slight bass tilt. Very tight bass. Very well extended with m50 pads.
Mids: Pretty forward overall. Amazing with vocals. Amazingly smooth mids.
Highs: Has a little bit of treble roll off. Sounds a little thin
The overall clarity and detail is great.
These really work better with an amp. Overall clarity, soundstage, and neutrality improves.
Pros: Clarity, detail, forward mids, build quality, mono switch (great for using with mixers)
Cons: Highs are a little thin/hollow , stock pads are bad
Summary: These are great headphones if you want a good pair of headphones for a reasonable price. While they definitely don't sound as good as expensive headphones the quality is still quit adequate and they are not in fact top heavy on the range.
Pros: Good Sound Quality, Reasonable price, Can be driven by Ipods, Good sized
Cons: Not the best sound quality out their, Cord does not uncoil to easily
Summary: I got mine for $35, and I can't figure out why. They sound perfect to me, with forward mids, clear vocals, and bass that thumps, but isn't in your face. Simply put: if you find these for under $80, snatch em up!
Pros: Great Sound Quality, Very Well Built, very good value for under $100
Cons: Not especially comfortable, coiled cable is a little heavy for walking around.
Summary: This is a great inexpensive headphone with one of my favorite sonic signatures. It's one of the few headphones I bought twice when I tried much more expensive headphones being disappointed and realizing what I had lost.
One of the things I look for in headphones is how vocals are represented and these probably beat out most 200 dollar headphones in vocals department. But these are not one focus headphones.
Pros: Really brings out the vocals without endangering lows/highs, very well balanced, amazing clarity
Cons: Not very comfortable but that can be remedied with different pads.
Summary: more than just a "on-a-budget" product. Pros: - the sound quality is fantastic for high an mid tones; the base suffers a little but it's great if you don't listen to rap-only - they are very comfortable: you can keep them on for hours at a time. - the performance is similar to what you would get from a 200-300 pound headset - wonderful - the price is great Cons: - there is no volume control on the wire - the wire itself is curled up not straight which can be annoying if...