Tune in, and drop in!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These sound really good and clear for ear buds (as somebody who has also been shopping for studio recording headphones recently).They are pretty balanced/passive so you won't get any huge bass boost or highlighting of certain frequencies (a.k.a. if you listen to rap or (dear god not) dubstep these might not punch your ear with bass and drum enough).
The icing on the cake for me was the partially-open back design. This allows you to listen to your music with clarity and without feeling like you're isolated in your own sound bubble. I've also heard from audio engineering friends that it's less damaging to your hearing.
Before I got these, I read some reviews that said the cord can be a little bit fragile but haven't had any problems after the first couple of months. I'm trying to treat the cord well to keep the tunes pumping through it.