Summary: My audio chain is MP3@320 or FLAC > HiFimeDIY USB Isolator > HiFimeDIY Sabre U2 > Fiio 6" cable > Objective2 w/ 16v 400mA adapter > HPH-200.
If you are looking for a ~$100 on ear open can that has detailed but punchy bass (a rarity), a nice soundstage (nothing to rant about), and a well tuned mid-high range these are your best bet. They will probably pair best with a neutral or cold amplifier... Otherwise I think the bass could be unbalanced.
Pros: Generously extended bass for an open can, good detail, good soundstage, I forget it is on my head (velour), portable.
Cons: Can sound veiled or heavy if you come from bright headphones, jack of all trades (master of none).
Summary: Sources: iPhone5, iPhone5 with FiiO E07k using LOD, iPhone5 with Decware Zen Head amp, various computers using the Microstreamer and Audioengine D3 DAC/amps. Review notes: My first impressions of the sound of the 200BL are based on direct comparisons to other headphones - in particular the Yamaha MT220, FAD Pandora VI, Shure 1540, B&O H6, B&W P7, v-moda M100, Beyerdynamic T51p, and notes I've accumulated from many prior reviews. I describe how I relate to the 200BL (i.e.
Summary: Not too tight or too loose, Not too bassy, not too bright, Not too loud, not too feeble, Not too big, not too small. First bit of Yamaha audio kit I've bought in a long time. I'd forgotten just how good their stuff is. Very fair price for a very, very high quality piece of kit. BUT they're leaky, and they don't have noise cancelling. Quite the opposite. Not for libraries or the Tube!
Summary: I've tried many sets of headphones both expensive and less so. These, for me, are the tops - the definition and separation is almost perfect picking out detail that are not clear on a similarly priced pair of Sennheisers. Whether I'm listening to classical or light music the detail is always superb. Sitting with chamber music it's almost like being present at a live performance. Oh, what joy!
Summary: I'm rating this 5/5 for quality, price & comfort; very crisp clear sound with a distinct strong bass. However, please be aware these are open backed headphones & do leak a considerable amount of sound, which is beginning to annoy my wife, who would probably give these ear goggles 1/5(or maybe thats a reflection of my taste in music that she is now being subjected too!!
Summary: I'm going to keep this short and brief. I can confirm these headphones are better than the Grados, these pick up subtle details that the grados lacked, has a better soundstage. These are easy to drive so no need for an amp.
Summary: I've used a few really good headphones including Sennheiser HD-580's which play with the big boys in terms of sound performance. Whilst I'm not a die hard audiophile by any means, I've a decent idea what good phones sound like. The Yamaha's come with a 2m extension cable, a 6.3mm gold plated adaptor jack. They are comfy and well made, with good quality cable that without the extension is an ideal length for use with a portable player.
Summary: Although not quite as comfortable as a pair of Grado SR-80i's (the foam is a tad harder) the sound is, if anything slightly better. They seem to have the same response mids and highs (slightly clearer) as SR-80i's but the bass has less roll off without being overstated. They also look sleeker (though I'm quite a fan of the retro look).
Summary: Now in my fifties, I have been interested in home audio since my teens and spent many thousands on music (vinyl and CD), equipment and accessories over the years: in the main wisely, I believe. Headphones listening is a relatively recent interest and although I have a good quality NECO SOUNDLAB headphone amplifier, I had never invested in a decent pair of cans to do it justice.