Hello, somewhat new to higher end audio. I currently own a pair of v-moda m-80's and would like to get a significant upgrade from those.
I really love my current headset and I bought them because from what I've read here, the m-80 is a very balanced headset that plays all music well. I would prefer to progress towards another well balanced headset but is open to other suggestions as well. The only thing is I require the headsets to be as good or better in terms of noise isolation. I don't KNOW but I think other people might be hearing my music on the subway when I turn up the volume so I think thats really the minimum isolation for a commuting headset.
Some info to the purchase:
-headphones around $500 but can be more if they are truly great value or great headphones
-minimum isolation has to match the v-moda m-80 (which isn't much I think)
-Will be used to commute
-most preferably good looking and stylish
-have an e11 Fiio amp (please let me know if it is sufficient for the headphones)
-Usually listen from iPod Nano and laptop
-most music is from iTunes which is around 250 to 320kpbs.
The music I listen to varies a lot:
-japanese jazz music
-swing/jazz music like Buble and Tony Bennett
-Lots of piano
-various instrumental music like harps, dark cello themes, chinese guzheng and synthetic stuff
Basically, only a small portion of my library actually has any lyrics. Even a lot of rock songs I get instrumental versions without the lyrics.
After reading about the higher end headphones, I became more confused. It seems like after the $300 range, I need to choose headphones for different music. I am also not familiar with a lot of the things being used to describe sound like cold treble vs warm treble or depth and width of sound stage.
After a bit of research, I found myself really liking the q701 and highly curious about the Grado RS 1i. Please help me find a good headset that will be sure to outperform my m-80's in all or at least the majority of music I will be listening to. Thanks!
Edited by DNZGamer - 3/19/12 at 4:32am