Originally Posted by acevang
Hoping to get a recommendation on some circumaural headphones. I've gone through two pairs of Creative Aurvana Live's and while I really enjoyed them the build quality of the cord connections to the headphones themselves didn't work out for me. I traveled with them and use them at work but barely ever snagged the cord however my 1st pair lost sound on the right side so I had it covered under warranty, then the second pair did the same thing about 10 months later. Suffice it to say I'd prefer something else now.
I loved the sound of them, but wouldn't mind getting something that's a step up if the price is right. I only paid $55 for them 3 years ago so I'd like to stay in the $50-100 range still, if possible. I tried the AKG K81DJ back then and picked the CAL over them because of comfort (AKG was too tight) and overall clarity. Are recommendations would be great appreciated. Keeping in mind build quality is a benefit plus for me.
EDIT: I should say I was looking at a pair of Sony MDR-V6 because I've seen them drop in price a few times, as low as $40 but I missed out, but I had some reservations because I've read they might not cover the whole ear.
I have a pair of V6s and love them, they're fun, well built, and nostalgic. However I bought a pair of CAL!s for my girlfriend for the amp I built her, and I have to say that the CAL really is leaps and bounds ahead of the V6. I got my V6s refurbished direct from Sony for $35, and for that price, they are unbeatable. That said, I considered getting my girlfriend and upgrade from her CAL!s, and looked at reviews and found that I really couldn't get a substantial sound upgrade (with the same signature) for under ~$300, I mean, there were some that were an improvement, but not substantial enough to justify it for much under $300. The CAL! really is a great can, and I'd recommend recabling them before replacing them. Or, take a look around for an old Denon 2000, which is more or less the same driver, or the Denon 1001, which is the same headphone. If you like the CAL! signature, you really found an incredible can. For me, they're a tad dark, and not for me, but my girlfriend loves them, and it sounds like you did too, I'd really recommend finding something made with a similar driver used. The V6 is a discernable step down from the CAL!, and it also has a very different signature. The V6, while I love them has a really unweildy cord that I cannot stand, and doesn't have the bass thump of the CAL!, it also is more or less designed to make every flaw in every recording incredibly apparent, they're studio/mastering cans, and they really do that job well, every flaw sticks out like a sore thumb.
If you're still sold on the V6, they have much, much larger cups than the CAL, so if your CAL fit, the V6 will fit with the stock pads. If you get the Beyer pads for them that's a different story.
My next can will probably be the DT1350, and honestly, if you are looking for something built like a tank, that might be something to look into, either the Senn HD25, or the DT1350, yes they're both supraaural, but they are durable as can be.
Edited by scootsit - 11/28/12 at 10:51am