I was looking for closed, non noise-canceling headphones that would significantly elevate my home listening with true, vivid, trustworthy reproduction. These headphones more than deliver. I won't repeat what others have said better than I could, but some observations: - I saw no reason to upgrade my iTunes music purchases to 256KBPS until I owned these headphones. Now, I'm not sure how I listened to things the other way. - Listening to some familiar music on these headphones for the first time -- the best analogy that pops to mind is as if one's old analog TV had suddenly become an HD, high-end plasma TV. Details you never knew existed, and a clarity and resolution that delivers surprise and marvel. - These headphones sound their very best when driven directly from my MacBook Pro rather than my iPod, perhaps due to the power of the signal. - I have used these headphones instead of Bose QC-series headphones on several flights, and they offer good sound-dampening. That said, I would prefer QC II / 15's on a plane. - If I could award six stars, it would be for vocal reproduction on these headphones. Amazing. - When I want to know exactly how something is supposed to sound, I use these as the reference - I disagree with the comments about low bass performance. There is plenty of bass, and it's tight and smartly delivered even at the lowest end. Anything more would be artificial.
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