The PL50 is better if you want a warmer, more mid-centric sound with a thicker/more viscous presentation and great overall refinement. The E30 has better range, more bass quantity, a more neutral tone, and an airier, more open sound
Jumping in with another recommendation request...
I'm looking for a full-size or portable equivalent to the HiFiMAN RE-262. There was a lack of recommendations in all 4 places I asked this and I'm fairly certain the advice I did get was 2nd hand or inferred from reading others' reviews. Could you recommend something? Keep in mind I'll (likely) be able to try before I buy!
Budget: $100-$500 (maybe used?)
Use: office cubicle -- closed preferred but could be open if small (ala Koss PortaPro). I'm mostly concerned with sound leak, not isolation.
From mvw2's 262 review, key attributes for me:
- great clarity / transparency
- non-fatiguing, sweet treble
- highly dynamic
I would like to make this an upgrade more than a side-grade, although I get the impression that the 262 is very unique IEM and in some areas, it is the best at what it does. Being a portable / full-size newbie, I really need your help in narrowing down my search. Even a brand recommendation would help a lot! From the RE-262's sound, I could stand to have a touch more bass quantity, and a tiny bit brighter presentation overall (trade a tiny amount of mids for highs?).
I was recommended the HE-300 (open) and the ESW9 in other threads. I was also going to revisit the HD598 which I liked for the 10 minutes I listened to it... it certainly didn't have a huge impact on me... Sennheisers generally don't.
You're probably asking the wrong person - I've owned maybe 10 higher-end full-size headphones in all of my time here. Having tried several hundred portables and IEMs makes it acutely obvious how woefully inadequate that is to make a proper recommendation (I don't recommend anything based on reading, partly because I don't have the time to do any these days). Out of what I've heard the HD580/HD600 reminds me most of the RE262, followed maybe by the K601. I easily prefer the HD600 to the HD598 when driven properly but if you found the HD598 boring, maybe the HD600 isn't the best option out there.