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Aurvana Live headphones don't isolate well at all. The Live 2s are no exception. They sound good, though. They sound warm (ample bass, relaxed unfatiguing treble), but have a very lacking midrange. Lots of bass, but expect to turn the volume high to drown out ambient noise. The cables on the Onkyo headphones are durable once you have them connected; they never get yanked out. You have to want to remove them to disconnect them. It's a thin cable, but it has proven to...
Sounds pretty similar. The HE-500s are definitely more detailed and close to natural. The HE-500s sound far more neutral and the Fidelio X1s have a more warm sound. The HE-500s are far more detailed and flat-sounding. As much as I love the X1s, I can't really give it any points above the HE-500s. Everything about HiFiMAN's outing just sounded better. The only advantages the Fidelio X1 have, really, are power consumption and price. The treble is cleaner, the bass is...
I'm not saying it doesn't need one. But I guess you're right; if it really needs an amp to sound worth it to begin with, it's probably not worth buying, given the OP's budget.
Pretty much what I would have said. The M50s - and by extension, the x's - do not have very good mids. The Onkyos have far better sound quality across the board, but the trade-off is that it's an on-ear. I can't help but gravitate towards these so often even though I own IEMs, though.
What amp would any of you recommend pairing these with? I was thinking about a Bottlehead Crack - or maybe a Bottlehead Quicksand, though I don't think a lot of people have heard it yet, for obvious reasons. Maybe a Little Dot MK III. Realistically, I would probably just pick an Objective2 amp since I want something that doesn't color the sound. But what would a good alternative be if I wanted a more rich, warm sound? Something I could use to toy around with the sound...
I've used the Sennheiser HD 600s with glasses on and they're great. A good pair of IEMs that would compliment the HD 600s if you don't want the same sound signature in a more portable form factor would be the RHA MA750. They might sound veiled in comparison to other headphones, but they have just enough treble to prevent them from sounding dull. If you don't like them at first, try them out for a little while, then if you still don't like them, return them. They're...
Somehow, the OP raises more questions than most threads of this nature do. Let me try to answer this: you want a headphone that you think sounds better than another one? What makes you say that? Does something about how the sound signature has been described appeal to you?   Anyway, I'm just going to stick to the basics: closed portables. I'll describe each one as well as I can and they'll each be about the price of the Sennheiser HD 598s or less.   Onkyo ES-FC300...
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the Sony MDR-MA900.
Well, in regards to your budget and criteria, this is all that exists worth buying at your price, to my knowledge.
Currently listening to:   "Rain When I Die" by Alice In Chains   Last four songs I've heard, backwards:   "If I Had A Tail" by Queens of the Stone Age "Why Go" by Pearl Jam "Water" by Breaking Benjamin "Generator" by Bad Religion
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