I bought both of these albums on a one day special for 99 cent albums. I bought the only albums I've heard good things about. So far they have kind of bored me. Bloom is alright, but hasn't quite grabbed my attention.
Top of the line. Sound so good it practically makes you nauseous. I christened them with a Residents song I've heard like seven hundred times and there were at least two layers of sound in the mix that I had never heard before.
I'm very tempted to pick these up. Because I work in a cubicle-based environment, I need closed-back headphones for work. My current headphones (sennheiser HD-280 pros), while excellent, are intended for a studio environment and kinda suck for places like airplanes. I know many of you rag on Sennheiser, but the 280s are in the $100 price range and given that it's tough to beat them. Also bear in mind that Bose refuses to publish frequency response specs for any of their equipment which makes me skeptical from the get-go (I'm an engineer)
And before anyone accuses me of being anti-Bose, my car has a 10-speaker Bose system and it's pretty awesome. It's just that the engineer side of me wants specs, and the cheap-ass side of me wants to maximize value for price. Even given that, these are REALLY fucking tempting.
I also own Sennheiser's and I do love them, but as you said they're meant for the studio and I can't get the best out of them while I'm at work (ie. cranking it to 11).
Well the 280s in particular are meant for the studio... The 500/600 series are meant for home (apparently), though I can't speak from experience on those. I love my 280s and will use them until they die (decades, most likely) but could use some noise cancelling phones since I find pretty much all canal phones too uncomfortable to wear for long periods. If you do recording work at all, I would suggest the sennheiser phones unquestioningly. For DJs, you'd be better off with their 212 series that have better low-frequency response, and for audiophiles you won't like the 280s given that they're closed-back.