I got the Pro models with my discount, and for the discount price, they are pretty decent. The Pro models, not the cheap plastic Studio models, are actually a lot more balanced, I actually had to turn up the bass slightly in my EQ to get it how I prefer it. I'd say they are all worth about half what they charge. Hell if I would ever pay the 400 dollar price tag for it, though. My friends always ask me about my pair, and I always tell them, unless you can get them at a really good discount, or unless you realize and accept you are getting them as a fashion statement, they aren't worth the money.
They actually aren't horrible sounding headphones in general, just way above their sound quality/dollar price point. They aren't selling you a moped and charging you for a Ferrari, they are selling you an Accord and charging you for a BMW. You pay a premium for the name and the style, and for the Pro models at least, the one with the really thick and strong aluminum band, nice sturdy design.
Also, I am going to go ahead and discredit anyone who makes comparison claims to "better headphones" without actually mentioning which version of the headphones you are talking about. There are three different main types, and generalizing them as all bad or claiming some 75 dollar pair of headphones is better than them when you don't even know which pair you tried doesn't make you any better than the people who buy them at full price for a fashion statement, it just makes you blind on the other side of the fence.
Edited by MooCwzRck - 11/20/11 at 2:08am