Excerpt: I purchased these about a year ago to be my first "real" headphones. (Audiophile friends had mocked my cheap habits.) Unfortunately, I've can't enjoy using these headphones because they are actually painful to wear. The headband has a bizarre design whereby any adjustment of the earpiece position makes the headband wider and shorter, causing unpleasant pressure on top of my skull. I just don't like wearing them, regardless of how good their sound may be.