Don't blame you for not liking them, it is a personal choice - but they 
have good enough isolation that they needn't be that loud even in live 
situations. I use Sennheisers when I need more isolation, though 99% of 
my work is acoustic music with 85 dBA average levels... Been using the 
Sonys since 1982 or so, whenever they first came out. Most of the 
advantage for me is consistency - I know their sound very well.

But then, I don't use headphones for pleasure, just for work...

Lou Judson  Intuitive Audio

On May 10, 2006, at 2:32 PM, Tom Fine wrote:

> Yes, those are the Sony headphones I do not like one bit. I can see 
> how people would use them for monitoring live recordings in loud 
> venues, but I'd sure have ringing ears for a week if I used those 
> phones at that level.
> -- Tom Fine