- I am selling the FA-003s because I walk around with my iPod and they are not really portable, but also because they are a little short of being full-bodied in their bass and midbass. Their midrange texture is nice and so is their treble. I heard they sound similar to the DBA-02s.
- I found the Sunrise X-Capes to be very anemic in bass, and they had an okay soundstage but the lack of body made it just sound distant. I don't remember much about it since I owned it a long time ago.
- The Fischer Audio Eternas were perhaps a tad too much in the bass department. But I liked that it erred on the side of too much instead of too little. The bass is looser than I would like. Also the treble is very rolled off and I miss some sparkle. The midrange is a little overpowered by the bass too. The soundstage was pretty nice.
- The JVC-FX67s get the frequency balance somewhat close to what I would like, but they lack detail, control, punch and some sparkle.
The JVC HA-FX500 comes to mind - definitely bassy, slightly warm, heavy on treble sparkle. Might be a little too sparkly depending on your tolerance but there's not much else I can think of at that level of performance with a more fitting signature. The Audio-Technica CKM99 is up there but it's got many of the same issues and less bass depth than the FX500; the Panasonic HJE900 may be fitting as well but it is difficult to find.
Alternatively, if you'd prefer less sparkle rather than more, there's the Fischer Tandem. Good but not overpowering bass and mids but not much sparkle at all.
Interesting exercise - would be nice if everyone had so many reference points when asking for recommendations.
The JVCs look like a pretty good deal at $50 on ebay (apparently they were $130 before?) so I am leaning toward them, but I am wary since they apparently have an aggressive treble. I like a good sparkle but I really hate female vocals hissing; that makes me want to immediately put them down. Are they not quite that much?
I think a better description of what I like is, a flat frequency response until the lower midrange, where there is a lot of warmth, fullness, and extension well into the sub-bass.
Also what do you think of the GR07 for my tastes, if something like the XCape, which is said to be "neutral", was very bass-anemic for me? It's been getting such good reviews so I am very tempted since in the end a just slightly warm, balanced and detailed reproduction is better than a super-severe V-curve or flabby warmth with a lot of treble rolloff for me. For example the FA-003 (much like the DBA-02?) was great but I just wished it had a few more decibels in the midbass.
And would you add any other recommendations if I could afford <$250?
Edited by Hayang - 11/13/11 at 12:25pm