Hello, my first post. First of all I have been using this forum for a couple of years now, I hadn't previously felt the need to register. Secondly, I notice there is not enough love for the Sony MDR-7509HD, and I feel that I'm possibly fooling myself that it is superior?
The Sony MDR-7509HD has been used for over 300 hours as an all-rounder and productions I listen to tend to sound 'crunchy' across the high-end which I really dig. It also makes MP3s sound terrible compared to lossless quality (.WAV or .FLAC), which is actually a good thing (it may just be my trained ears). I have to say the soundstage felt terrible, however in my DAW and on Foobar2000 I use the 112 Redline Monitor with -2 center, 90 degrees soundtage and 0m distance which definitely improves the way they sound however at the cost of more low-end. There seems to be a major lowshelf cut from around 250hz down on these cans (I'm getting starved for bass).
Recently while watching a bluray on my headphones, I layed on them and snapped one of the cups, so finally the opportunity to dig into my wallet and move on has come. I know theres 5x better cans out there.
My main application is professional music production, no mean to brag I've released many records using just headphones for the whole process. In most cases using just the Sony's I can get a production to 95% complete. It's weakness has to be the low-end without a doubt, there is just no tone or punch, and I have to turn to my Tascam studio monitors + subs to complete that end.
My source and headamp is the good ol' PreSonus FireBox. Which to mention is starting to break on me, so I clearly need to upgrade that too in the form of a professionally viable soundcard with a solid headphone output.
My previous cans have been: Audio Technica ATH-A700 (I thought the tone on these were great for a few weeks, but I got over them fast, either way they broke), Sennheiser HD485 (I felt these were fun to listen to at times, but the sound was really...lo-fi? with an overly bright high-end that was sometimes earpiercingly sharp, however they did show that open headphones can definitely sound much better over closed I think, my pomeranian-chiuachiua ate them anyway (good dog!)), Beyerdynamic DT770-32ohm (Were these muddy as hell or is it just my taste, this may sound odd however I do remember enjoying the high-end).
New headphones I'm looking at are: AKG 70X (I really need a solid soundstage, I'm really interested in these... I think, however very scepticle as my main genre of use is Electronic Dance Music (Progressive House / Trance, Tech House etc. basically music based between 125-138ish bpm) and in terms of the bass, I am coming from the *Sony MDR-7509HD* which have that major lowshelf cut as I mentioned earlier, so that I'm not so concerned) Denon AH-D2000 (I hear great things about the low-end, snap and punch of these cans that make all EDM sound fun (I like the idea of that, as I'm able to adapt to all kinds of sound spectrums to work with professionally as long as the sound wows me), Sennheiser HD650 (I forgot why I was looking into these :))
So TL;DR; A professionally usable soundcard (preferrably internal) with a nicely amped headphone output. A couple of cans with a solid punch low-end, snappy mids, present high-end and a great soundstage all for considerably fast tempo EDM.
P.S. I think I forgot to mention that I also do film scoring, so something viable to theatrical music would be nice too.
P.P.S. I'm from Australia :) and usually always purchase from eBay, so gear available from there to my residence would be grand.
I really apologize about the overbearing post. I also wrote it straight-off, so I apologize if anything sounds off or annoying. I guess I've been building all this on my mind and blew it all out at once. Thank you for reading!
Oh, and no need to apologize about my wallet. Remember, I want you to damage it! I'd just hope to keep it under a grand AUD this time ;)
Thank you so much again, I'm really looking forward to posting more here (with promise to not be this long) :)
EDIT: The Beyerdynamics I had were actually the DT 770 Pro 80, not 32ohm. My bad. Also, as you can see, I tend to take my headphones through a lot of beating and they break sooner or later, so I don't have any of them for use at the moment and the cans I had were quite low range, so I'd like to try those expensive cans aswell. So, i'd prefer to have one can at a time, but wouldn't mind investing in a couple. :)
Edited by Teoman - 12/16/10 at 8:38pm