The bass isn’t so pronounced that it drowns out the other frequencies, but it also isn’t shy in the least. This is a hip-hop lovers headphone. The highs are crisp and clear without being harsh or sibilant, but if you’re listening to a badly mastered recording you will know. The sound-stage is also exceptional, and being an open backed can, you feel as if the music is playing in the room rather than in your ears. The build quality is solid as well, and these things are built like a tank. All in all, if you prefer your listening experience to be more fun rather than overly analytical, then you may want to check these out..
Be aware that they require a certain amount of burn in time. They will likely sound a bit harsh and muddy at first. Give them time, MAN. 😀
Exceptional sound-stage (feels like the sound is in the room with you rather than in your ears)What is Soundstage?
Crystal clear clarity.
Excellent bass extension.
Amazing build quality (this has been really common among-st reviewers)
Flawless instrument separation.
Hard hitting bass.
Non-detachable cable feels a bit cheap and “oldschool”.
Clamping force is intense at first.
Slightly recessed (but detailed) mid-range due to the V (or U) shaped curve.
They can be a bit “fatiguing” after awhile.
Who these headphones benefit?
people who play video games
people who want to listen for hours without taking them off
jazz and nu jazz listeners
fans of EDM (electronic dance music)
people who enjoy watching movies with their headphones (due to the sound-stage and it’s “theater like” presentation)
bluegrass and folk listeners
These don’t necessarily NEED an amp to power, but at 250 Ohm do greatly benefit from one. Good amps to pair with this model:
FiiO E17 with FiiO E09K . Either device can be used separately with the headphone, or in conjunction with one another!
Great sounding headphone, with booming lows and sparkling highs, and a somewhat recessed mid range. The accentuation of the bass may lead to the treble being a bit “harsh” and too sibilant for some people. What does sibilant mean?
How the Pro version compares with the Premium
They are almost identical in every aspect, except for a few things:
They each have a slightly different design and aesthetic.
The pro version has a slightly higher clamping force.
The Pro version has a coiled cable, while the Premiums have a straight cable.
The Premium is marketed more toward consumer use, while the pro version is marketed towards studio use. As far as sound goes, they are identical in every way, and even use the same drivers. The difference in price that you pay more for in the premiums is basically in aesthetic, feel, and looks. It has been said that the premiums have a nicer build. That’s it!
The sound for both of these is somewhat colored, but in a very natural way. The highs are sparkling and crisp, although they may become sibilant at times due to variances in recordings, or just a bad master. What does Sibilant mean? They are definitely a bass heads headphone, and it has been said that out of the 770, 880, and 990 lines, the 990’s are the “fun” headphone out of the bunch. The 770’s and 880’s come in second and third respectively in this regard. The 880’s are the most neutral of the bunch, and are meant strictly for mixing/mastering.
If you want tight, authoritative, punchy lows that don’t get muddy, and enjoy listening to a wide variety of music, these are the cans for you. They excel in many other applications as well including video games and movies. The clarity and crispness of the highs really lends itself well to cinema. You will be able to hear things in movies that were previously lost in consumer grade cans. The same goes for music. Think you know a record like the back of your hand? THINK AGAIN BRO!! Haha. But for real, you will start to hear things in recordings that you never dreamed were there..
Since the Pro version is almost exactly the same as the premiums at a lower price, I recommend them as the easy solution to your hard hitting bass needs..
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