First of all, I know there are plenty of threads regarding this topic, but this is a more in depth question so I figured I'd start a new thread...sorry to all you angry audiophiles out there. SO, to the question, I recently purchased a pair of AKG K701's, a Heed CanAmp, and a Musical Fidelity V-DAC. I'm using quality interconnects, a quality USB, and my MacBook Pro as a source with Apple Lossless files playing through iTunes. While not perfect, I think I have a pretty good setup. But here's the kicker, while at times I can feel the music, for the most part, the sound seems very sterile and emotionless. The reason I got into high end audio is so I could FEEL the music, and except for the occasional exception where the 701's sparkle, I'm not.
On paper I should be thrilled with this setup, but it just isn't doing it for me. I find myself listening to the music and hearing every instrument and every voice crystal clear, but I think that perhaps this just isn't the can for me. I don't feel immersed.
I found myself looking for a "bassy" headphone to pair with the AKG, thinking it would bring more umph and emotion to the music, but I don't think getting a Beyer DT770 and blowing my face off is the answer. I think the answer may be taking my losses, selling the 701's and getting Sennheiser HD650's. I've read it has a stronger bass than the 701's, and although it has a "darker veil", which will be nice because it feels as though the 701's are a bit too piercing at times, it is a much more emotional and involved headphone. It seems to be, again not from first hand experience, a less analytical headphone, but one that brings you into the music more. But this is where you all come in. Will the 650's give me a more "emotional" experience? Will they have a good amount of synergy with the CanAmp and the V-DAC? I just feel like I should be completely immersed in my music for the amount of money I spent, and I'm not. Any input will help, thanks!