This was the first time i'd purchased a set of high end headphones Although an entry level pair the sound difference is very noticable.
i've had them a week now and with maybe 20 hours of listening the Bass does seem to get fuller as they bed in.
The critisim they have recieved for having little or no bass power I think is unfair. I have compaired them directly to a set of Sony MDR-EX75SL's which do carry alot of bass. If anything I would say the shures are better.
Take the time to get a good fit well into the ear and the difference becomes aparent. The Shures bass is deeper and clearer leaving the sony's with a slightly muffled artificial sound by comparrison.
The sony's are good headphones don't get me wrong, however the clarity of the Shures leaves them behind. Mid Range on them is the main strength. Clear and bright without being over crisp.
The only criticism i can make of them is sometimes in the high ranges you are left feeling that they dont quite let go. That may change as they bed in a little more but if it doesn't its not a problem as I rather slightly held back than over crisp.
Excellent blocking of external sound
Clarity of bass and mid range is awsome.
Shure give a 2 year guarentee
Treble doesn't quite fill out sometimes.
headphones are quite large.
Will really show up your poorly ripped MP3's
I too as many people here got them on the discount day. However that said If I went back to buying cheap headphones now I think i'd just find the sound "not quite right" and perhaps a little annoying. So I would pay 50 pounds for another set but only because i like them so much. If you can afford premium headphones whether it be Shure (which i highly recommend) or sennheiser or whoever. it is definately worth paying that little extra as i have discovered.
Right i'm off to go reburn loads of CD's at a better quality as these really do show up bad recordings!