Extra bass is always good if it does not come at the expense of the mids and highs, since vocals are still very important for most rock music. I do like circamaural, but the M80s seem to be very good. Does anyone know what the sound is like on The ATH-M50s? I've still got it narrowed down to those, and I sort of know what the sound is like on the M80s, but not on the ATH-M50, and I don't want to be sucked in by the M80s looks if the M50s sound better. I do like that the M50s fold up, but they are also much bigger than the M80s and are circamaural. So hard to choose.
The M50s are a pretty standard v-curve, and though the mids/vocals are a little recessed, it works pretty well for rock music. They're not particularly portable, though because of the 10-foot cable. I've seen the M80s sound compared favorably to the m50s however, though you might want to do some more research on your own.
Sorry, I'm not sure how the D5000s sound. I have heard that they share drivers with the D2000s however, so I imagine the sound would be similar-ish. What other options do you have?
Eh, not a fan of the Crossfades, as they're a bit muddy. He'll probably be impressed, though, and they do look nice.
AFAIK the Pearls are just a color difference from the original turbines, so the Golds will sound better. Pricier, though.
I'm currently in the market for a new budget pair of 'phones - and by "budget", I really mean it. I'm looking to spend around $100 or so, maybe a bit more if it's a significant step-up but I'd really like to keep it at $100 or under. I've never owned a "real" pair of headphones before and I made the mistake of getting a Corsair HS1A "gaming" headset. It sounds decent to novice ears, I suppose, but the bass is virtually nonexistent and the mic has already ceased functioning, so its time for an upgrade.
I listen to a wide variety of music, but I'm into the more bass-heavy genres: rap, hip-hop, R&B, lots of EDM/house/trance and that kind of stuff. Occasionally I will listen to some acoustic jams as well. I'm also an avid PC gamer and will be using these headphones for playing BF3 on (I've already learned my lesson and decided to go with a headphone + standalone mic rather than a "gaming headset"), where it can be helpful to hear footsteps and stuff around me.
Open- or closed-ear doesn't really matter to me, although I would prefer closed if possible for less-leakage and to help me concentrate when I'm gaming. Comfort would be nice as sometimes I am playing for 2+ hours at a time, although I usually won't have them on for much longer than that. I do not wear glasses and I consider my head to be of average size
If anyone can give me a few recommendations on what headphones I should be looking at, that would be very much appreciated! One last note: these will be powered by a Titanium Fatal1ty Pro for the time being (blah I know) until I can afford a better source.
Maybe the CAL!s, but I don't know that they have the kind of soundstage you need for gaming. It's a bit hard to find something that works for music and also has the soundstag for gaming at that price, unfortunately.
Yeah, they have different drivers, and by all accounts they do sound more detailed and refined.
Not familiar with the HD550s... Did you mean the 650s?
Looking for durable, closed portable with excellent mids, but more or less neutral, and decent isolation. Prefer over ear rather than on ear...
Let me know what you think of!
Here is my reflection on some of the portables I've tried:
M80: I would have been ok w/ the M80's but the isolation was weak.
M50: The M50's bass was great but the slight v frequency left the mids a little recessed.
ESW9: I like the ESW9a mids but it seemed a little too mid-centric/treble weak and didn't really feel portable because of that nice finish.
HD25: The HD25 had a fantastic sound, but I would like my mids to be closer to the M80's; my real issue w/ the HD25 was head clamp big time!
Yeah, the M50s probably won't give you the excellent mids, as they're recessed, and have a slightly strange timbre. No direct experience with the M80s, but if you liked the mids there, I think there's a couple mods to improve isolation out there. Also not a ton of portables that are over-ear.
Ultrasone Pro900? Though i imagine for music production, you might want the most neutral headphones you can get. Not sure though, as I have no experience here.