I've got some Alessandro MS1s right now, and I'm looking for an upgrade.
What I want:
- Closed, with good isolation
- Good bass, lots of it (or at least a good amount, more than my MS1s), but no mid muddiness/bloated bass like one gets from Beats by Dre.
- Comfortable, I'm going to be wearing these for long periods of time (6+ hours).
- A decent soundstage
- Around $200-$300 CAD
I like the sound of my MS1s, but I wish they were clearer, had more bass, and a better soundstage. They'd be perfect for me with those things I think. They also don't like to stay on my ears while commuting, and tend to get uncomfortable after a while.
I listen to a lot of different kinds of music, but about 70% of my library is either rock or metal (which is why I got the MS1s in the first place), the rest being maybe 20% electronica and 10% misc other genres.
My home source is an Asus Xonar DG, portable will be a 2nd gen iPod Touch -> FiiO L9 -> FiiO E11. Depending on how the DG's onboard amp responds to the cans I might skip it and use the E11 instead.
Right now I'm considering the Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro-80's, Denon D2000s (if I can scrounge up the extra money), and Audio Technica ATH M50s.
So I've actually decided to go for the FiiO E7 instead of the E11 as a significant amount of my time will be done at a computer/desk as opposed to portable and being able to charge while using it would be great.