Pros: bright and balanced sound, COMFORT, solid metal build, coiled cable
Cons: non-detachable cable
This review might be a bit odd, especially for audiophiles here. I'm a musician and a total noob in audio technique. I was looking for decent headphones to use for extensive practice sessions on my Clavia Nord Stage piano. My requirements were quite specific:
- COMFORT. I can't stress that enough.
- Balanced sound, faithful reproduction of the instruments. All the bass-boosted (-crippled) items were automatically eliminated from my considerations.
- Solid, durable built (+ decent design, if possible). I don't plan to upgrade any time soon. Preferably never.
- Open or semi-open soundstage. Being isolated from the world is the last thing I want while doing music.
- Price tag around 200 EUR.
On the other hand, I didn't care about some of the usual preferences such as portability, usability without amp, or sound leaking. Btw, one thing I didn't know before, the E-piano output power is sufficient even for high-impedance headphones. One doesn't need to amp them - just plug them in and enjoy the ride :)
So I went through a LOT of threads and reviews - to find that I have basically three options:
- Sennheiser HD 5x8
- Beyerdynamic DT 880/990 Pro/Premium
- Audio Technica ADxxx
First I tried the Senns but I didn't like them for their build/look (very light, cheap looking plastic) and the sound (there I first heard the infamous Sennheiser veil). Of course, I could've gone for the HD 600/650 and I'd probably be satisfied. But those are unnecessarily pricey. I rather tried the Beyerdynamics - and the rest is history. Luckily, the biggest music store here in Berlin (justmusic, a great place) has the Beyerdynamics in stock. They even let me try the DT 880 Pro with Nord Stage 2. I was honestly blown away by what I heard! I have no idea how long I stayed stuck there. The next thing I know was a guy asking me to leave because they were closing. So I just bought those cans on my way out :)
That's the end of story. I actually never got to try the Audio Technicas. I'd be interested in a comparison.