Got to hear this mid-fi-tastic Sony cans which came in the big box of the cheap comparo extravaganza. The phones seem to follow a classic design. They are relatively elegant and light. The 40mm driver is said to be made of liquid crystal polymer, and the design has "enhanced Beat Response Control" in the critical region between 30-40 Hz. The driver is supposed to cover a BW of 4 Hz to 80 kHz, which is barely sufficient to satisfy an audiophile porpoise. The cans are very comfortable. While I don't think a baby camel was sacrificed for your comfort, the pads certainly feel sweet and soft. Pressure is just right. I really can't winey-bitch about anything that has to do with the wear-ability of these cans. As far as sound, I've heard some folks have objections about it's mids and lack of bass extension. While I feel these are not bassy cans, I had more problem with the lower treble which IMO is a little too edgy. Not exactly bright. Just edgy. The bass is indeed not stellar. No articulation. No impact. IMO, the 30-40 Hz was not enhanced enough. I don't feel these cans presented severe wonky behavior, indicative of sever notches in the mid. But the lower treble is a deal breaker for me. Gutty from CNET seemed to feel these were bassy, while Tyll found them bass shy (into the lowest octave). I would agree with Tyll on this one. Gutty found the treble de-emphasized, while Tyll found it right. I did not like it at all. I think the lower treble is edgy sucks. I think Tyll didn't like the mids. I did not find them exemplary, but did not offend me. Maybe the lower treble was too distracting for me to focus on the mids. Tyll did mention that his problem with the cans was specifically the upper mids, and is actually very likely that what I'm calling lower treble, he is calling upper mids. That said, I can't make heads or tails of what Gutty is saying about these cans. References: http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/solid-sony-mdr-1r-mdr-1rbt-and-mdr-1nc#MZAv7SixDVyWRBsK.97 http://www.cnet.com/products/sony-mdr1r/ Measurements Frequency Response Distortion Right Distortion Left CSD Right CSD Left They are currently about $220 from Amazon down to $300. I honestly would not buy them.