Conclusion: Before buying these, I had 219's for several years and thought that they were very good; but, the 449's are even better. I listen to classical and jazz; and can hear bette depth and detail. They are light and comfortable, even when worn for light exercise at the YMCA.
Conclusion: Purchased headphones in a package with amp and carry case The head have good sound but cannot handle the amp to well Any music with deep base will distort the headphone to the point where I fear they will break Thank you Frisco
Conclusion: Quite balanced, not bass-heavy, very clear and pretty immersive soundstage. Plastic is pretty durable, but feels as if it could break easily after some use. Pads seal well, but wrapping is thin and may break after some use.
Summary: I have to say I bought this aware of the thin cord based on other reviews and I guess one will just have to be careful about it. The sound and bass is beautiful and the noise cancelling superb. the cups are very comfortable over the ears as is the head band itself.