So I just got the EDXS today, and my god these things are nuts. It’s been a very long time since a pair of headphones made me physically gasp. Quick and dirty first impressions:
Build: feels sturdy enough, I was pleasantly surprised when I got them in hand. I expected worse after reading a few reviews. The plastic cups do detract quite a bit from the otherwise overall premium feel. The grills are metal, which surprised me as well, since the cups are plastic.
Comfort: I’ve been wearing them for about an hour straight and I sense no hot spots yet. The band is mega plush and soft, so I don’t expect any problems. As for fit, i read that they were very large, but i actually had to adjust the band by 1 click. Guess my mug is size chonk. The cups are massive and very deep, my ears do not touch the pads or drivers anywhere. I did start to notice the weight after editing photos for about 30 minutes, looking from one monitor to the other. They are open, way more transparent than my Zeus, which at least muffles ambience a little bit.
Highs: They are teetering on the edge of sibilant to me, which I don’t mind as long as they stay right on the edge, it adds a hint of spice to certain tracks. Crisper than a sun-dried rice cake, tingles and chimes in many of Koan Sound’s tracks gave me shivers.
Mids: Very clear, slightly forward. For some reason it lends itself much better to male vocals than female. Sleep Token and Joji is intimate and front-and-center. While Spiritbox, Jinjer and Amaranthe sounds slightly more thin and and takes a step back. Higher frequency screaming like Will Ramos from Lorna shore tends to blend in with the guitars rather than float on top, which may confirm that these cans can be quite revealing when it comes to mastering.
Bass: I did not expect much after owning a HE4XX, and oh boy was I wrong. The sub bass on these cans is insane. It reaches deeper than anything I’ve tried before, and keeps the speed and clarity all the way down. It may not have as much bass as my DT177X, but the quality is absolutely unrivaled.
The sound stage is very wide. Listening to some Norse folk with stormy ambience made me check if I had forgotten to close my window. It also has a surprising vertical scale, probably due to the size of the drives.
I am in love, and I am certainly not returning these any time soon.