Great headphones with many uses
I will break down the pros and cons, trying not to submit a 25 page novel. Hopefully I can shed my opinion on the "no mids" gripe that surrounds these cans around the internet. Pros and cons also take price into consideration.
-Amazing bass. The bass extends very low for a pair of headphones, and also extremely tight and controlled. Not only that, but the bass does not seem overpowering what so ever. Let me clarify that: if you are looking for a completely flat reference pair, the bass is definitely more pronounced than it should be, however not at all overpowering, and makes these headphones really shine, and feel like a high quality device. Compared to the less expensive Sony MDR V6 cans, in a side by side test, my V6's sounded like a children's toy... I am serious.
-The high end (and mid range for that matter) is extremely crisp, detailed, and NOT overpowering or ear-screeching. Many users say the high end is way too sibilant, and eventually hurts the ears. I disagree, but again, if you are looking for completely flat studio monitors, then yes: the highs are too pronounced. But the balance that was found make these great studio cans AND amazing listening cans.
- Comfort 11/10 To date, these are the most comfortable headphones I have ever worn. Nothing much else to say about this. My head is average size for an adult, maybe a tad bit smaller than average but not by much. I can wear these cans for 8 hours, and not ever feel discomfort. I also never worry about them slipping or not being too tight. Somehow perfect.
-Soundstage is very good. Since these are open-ear cans, and are also extremely detailed, the ss ends up being very large and clear. I do not have a large amount of experience with open cans vs. closed, however when compared with any of my other current headphones (most of which are closed) these stand out spatially. Don't get it twisted though: the original track has to be mixed well spatially to get the best effect, but if you have zero outside noise, and you close your eyes, it [almost, but not quite] feels like you are at the live performance.
-Well build, sturdy, seem like that could take a few hits and keep ticking, but I don't plan on finding out :)
- Sound leaking in and out. Since these are open-ear cans there will obviously be some sound leakage in and out, expect that with any open design phones. That said, these seemed to let in sound from the outside a bit more than I had hoped. For some people this usually won't be an issue at all, however I almost always have fan's running in my room, and occasionally other people in the house doing things. Honestly, the fans in my room penetrate the phones and because of this I have to either deal with the slight, constant bleed in, or turn off the fans while using them. One day I will probably buy the DT770 Pro's, drop the leaking in, and sacrifice a bit of sound stage.
- No detachable cable; though considering the overall quality and price, I understand not having a detach cable, without charging more. As I started really putting my cans to use more and more, especially in a home studio environment, the need for a detach cable becomes evident. Like I said though, considering the overall quality and price, it would have a higher price tag if it came with a detach cable.
-[Not quite a con... but] Mids are definitely 'recessed' however I personally hesitate to call them a 'con.' While the bass and highs are more pronounced, there is no lack of the mids, and the final result is amazing sounding, detailed cans. I never found the highs to be sibilant, nor the bass to be too strong. Are you looking for straight reference monitor cans? Then the mid will MOST LIKELY be too recessed for your liking. These aren't really reference cans, but more "extremely well balanced, beautifully sounding headphones".
That's about all I have in me to type. These are well built, comfy, detailed, amazing sounding headphones & look good too. The bass quality and sound detail are defining features. Just watch out, these are not perfectly flat for reference, and the open-ear design will let a good amount of sound in from the environment Pros. Sweetwater does it again!