Youtube review: http://youtu.be/Fa91igXn-90 Photos: http://dalethorn.com/Photos/Leica_T-701/Headphone_Symphonized_Wraith_01.jpg http://dalethorn.com/Photos/Audioforge/Symphonized_Wraith.jpg Sources: iPhone5 with Portaphile Micro/PA2V2/Decware Zen Head amps using the LOD, various computers using Microstreamer/Beyer A200p/v-moda Verza DAC/amps. Review notes: My first impressions of the sound of the Symphonized Wraith are based on direct comparisons to other headphones - the v-moda M100 and XS, the FAD Pandora VI and IV, the Beyerdynamic T1 and T90, the AKG K812 and K712, and notes that I've accumulated from many prior reviews. I describe how I relate to the Wraith (i.e. my personal tastes and how I use the headphone) only after covering all of the objective issues. Summary of sound: The Wraith's lower bass is very good, but the upper bass has an emphasis that can mask much of the lower bass quality and detail, so users who are familiar with this type of warm bass signature should know in advance how they'll relate to it. The midrange is nearly flawless, with only a slight sense of forwardness that's otherwise unremarkable. The treble is on the shy side of minimum-neutral** as I call it, and the headphones I'm familiar with that have a comparable treble are the AIAIAI TMA-1x, the ATH ES700, the Klipsch Image One II, and the Marley Liberate XL. Since the Wraith is such an amazing price bargain (in my opinion), potential buyers who need a brighter sound can simply turn up the treble, as they would with the iPod/iPhone treble boost setting. **At one time, my standard for neutral treble was the Sennheiser HD800, which I owned for 3 years. Today I consider the HD800 to be somewhat bright, but not as bright as the AKG K812 and Beyer T90 that I currently own. The Shure SRH 1840 that I also owned at one time is much closer to a practical neutral for use with a wide variety of genres of music, although a few users find it to be a little too bright for them. The Beyer DT1350 and the AKG K712 are additional examples of the level of treble I aim for, and the Wraith's treble is shy of that level by about 6 db in my comparisons. Soundstage is tricky to describe since it's dependent to a large extent on the amount and quality of treble that the headphone presents, not to mention the recording itself. I'll just say that the Wraith can sound amazingly good in that respect, depending on where you find your ideal treble balance. In my case, it's as good as the last half-dozen $200 headphones I've reviewed. One very demanding track I use in evaluating a headphone is David Chesky and Wonjung Kim's "Girl From Guatemala", and the strong treble percussion starting at 3 minutes in is delineated very well by the Wraith. Another track that's a stress test for treble is 'Time' from Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, and the Wraith plays that very cleanly too. I find the isolation better than average for a closed on-ear headphone (i.e. very good), and the leakage is very low - good enough to play at audiophile volume levels in a public library or quiet office. Physically, the Wraith seems to be mostly metal with a few small plastic trim pieces. The earcups (or possibly the outermost parts of the earcups) are made of wood, which has a high polish that may be a wood finish, or just an acrylic covering of some kind (can't tell). The earpads are a very soft memory foam with a quality pleather-type covering, and the headband has a similar pad embedded in it - i.e. a small part of the headband pad is visible on top with 'Symphonized' lettering, and the larger part underneath covers everything that touches the user's head. The metal headband appears to be a good quality stainless steel, and the size adjusters for the earcups and other metal parts may be stainless steel as well, but I can't be certain just by the look and feel. The bottom line as I see it is a luxury look in the $150 to $200 USD range, but given the $60 current pricing of the Wraith, I don't have anything to compare it to. The Wraith's 1.2m/4 ft. cable is double-entry and detachable, with 2.5 mm mono plugs going into each earcup. The cable is fabric-covered, has a small control box with just one surface to click (i.e. no buttons), has a microphone, and is terminated with a 45-degree 3.5 mm miniplug with the extra connector for the control box. The range of adjustment for different head sizes is 14 mm less on each side of the headband, and 17.5 mm more on each side, compared to my average head size. Compared to most headphones I have or had, that's a pretty good range of adjustment. The impedance of 32 ohms suggests high efficiency, and the Wraith is very efficient. I've never felt a need for more volume than an iPod or iPhone can supply, but I highly recommend a good headphone amp for best quality sound. The comments in the music tracks listed below can be compared to other headphone reviews I've done, to get an idea of how the Wraith plays the different music tracks listed here compared to other headphones. My suggestion is instead of reading each comment below as an absolute unto itself, you could compare these notes to other reviews as they get posted, and see how the Wraith compares with each individual track.