I was looking to get some recommendations on what you feel would be a good fit for me. I joined here last month when I found the site and I've been reading up pretty heavily since then trying to learn all that I can, but could use some direction still.
My budget for this pair of headphones wouldn't be anymore than $300 max. I'd be more comfortable a bit lower than $250 but I'll decide. I'm leaning towards a pair of closed headphones, and leaning towards over the ear phones, but wouldn't rule out on the ears totally. but I was curious what others had to say for how well a semi closed headphone like the Beyerdynamic DT 880 would isolate noise from going out. I will say right now that I have had some experience with a pair of open headphones in the Grado sr60i which I purchased but returned to the store here a few days ago. There was a comfort problem for me with them after a short time, but worse the sound was much too fatiguing. Overall I think it was just too much in my face.
My sources I would use them from would be my computer with an Auzen X-Meridian sound card, an iPod, and a Sansa View. I'm considering picking up a Fiio E17 when it comes out so I would have an amp/dac as well, and also thinking an E9 for at home use would be nice .
Also, I know it might seem like portable would be a better fit overall if I take them on the go with me, but I think I could get by with a full sized pretty well as I wouldn’t use them on the go so to speak. No running, or other activities, and I would have them put away when not needed. I mostly use my DAP’s when I go to doctor’s appointments which are typically quite some time in the car, 4-5 hours round trip sometimes, and I don’t drive so it leaves me with lots of free time to listen to and back, and when I need to go grocery shopping at times. It would afford me the option of if I want much better sound quality, or if portability is more important, but I wouldn’t rule out the portables entirely either.
Whatever pair I pick up, I want to make sure that they are comfortable, and don't introduce too much clamping. I wear glasses which causes problems with some of the on the ear phones I've tried in the past, and also had it happen even with the Grado to an extent at times. Definitely not as bad as many cheap ones I've tried. It also is a lot quicker to take a pair of headphones off and go to do something or move the cup back to hear what someone is saying! J
What I’m really out of a pair of headphones is to get more out of the vocals of the singers I listen to. I really love the female singers, but enjoy the males as well. I have a small selection of iem’s and a pair of headphones to draw from at the moment. I have a pair of Sennheiser PX100’s, a MEElectronics CC51, A151, and SP51. I had been using the Sennheiser’s for quite a few years, and while they’re still nice, I just really wanted more, and thus I purchased the MEElectronics all within a short time.
So far, out of what I have that I find I enjoy the most overall is the A151’s. The bass rarely overpowers what I’m listening too. If the bass is in the song strong it’s there strong. If it’s just there as a backup, it’s there only as a backup. It sounds clear and defined with some punch. It can still get in the way of some songs, but out of everything this gets it right more often than not.
The mids are definitely above average. Again it’s dependant on the song as some have it right where I want it but others are a bit laid back and want to hear them more. I get hints of sweetness, but I want to hear more richness and sweetness in the voices, a bit more life. The CC51’s do better in this regard, but these do pretty well in balancing it out. The Grado’s definitely gave some more of what I wanted, but introduced too much of what I didn’t.
The highs for these feel like they’re the overall standout for the headphones. The highs sound absolutely beautiful for me. No fatigue from being too sharp or piercing. They have a full, complete sound and warm, and even slightly mellow it seems, but all I know is I like what I hear. Not bright. I think that was a good deal of the problem with the Grados for me.
Some headphones I’ve looked at that look and sound interesting are the beyerdynamic DT 880 and 1350, the Audio Technica ATH-M50, and the Phiaton MS 400 for some closed and semi closed, and the Sennheiser HD 598 has been there on my mind too. If I had to choose one just on looks I’d have the AKG K701 in a heart beat! That thing makes my heart skip a beat for some reason, with the HD 598 second. The sound and how well it matches up with what I want is what matters the most though! Thank you for reading my post and if there’s anything I need to add please let me know!