Excerpt: The best way to describe this set of headphones is balanced, crisp, & clean with no major flaws. The bass is just right, albeit a little mild compared to most modern headphones. It's not bloated or boomy & gets better with about a 2 db increase on the low bass eq sliders.
Excerpt: I've been using these headphones since about 2002 or 2003 (my first pair was around $).Absolutely the best headphones you can buy for less than a few thousand dollars. I mean it's not even close. I'm not even sold on the very expensive ones over these.
Summary: I just bought a second set of these. My old set still sound great, but the cord is beat up and the covering for the ear cups are worn our. Also, these are On-Ear, not Around-The-Ear, just in case the product title has you confused on that.
Pros: These head phones sound great across their frequency response range. The bass has excellent presence without being overwhelming. The mids and highs are clear and clean. These are well balanced headphones that let you really hear the music just the way it was mixed.
Cons: The long cord finds it's way under the wheels of my chair and gets run over often.
Excerpt: I bought these headphones to use with my yamaha digital piano. The sounds are fine, but not as great as my other headphones (SONY MDRV6, in case you're interested).
I find these headphones a little uncomfortable for long time wear. They make my ears hurt after the first hour or so.
Pros: Quite light on ears. Comfort is not a problem. I think these are best suited for radio listening where bass is already overamped. Dance music sounds good, however...
Cons: ... positional audio shooter players should stay away because you will be dead by the time you locate your enemy. There seems to be a great unbalance in the range of these Yamaha phones, and I found it difficult to find a volume sweet spot for my pc: take heed and don't push your volume too much....