Well at 240 USD the Fostex T50rps are know to have some of the most natural sounding vocals/instrumentations ever in that price range due to it's electrostatic drivers and are definitely audiophille quality. I reckon they are better than the HD595s. But make sure you get the T50rps not the T50. The old T50 have no bass at all...
I've been in the market for a decent set of headphones for a few months now. I've done a great deal of research reading through articles and reviews online. What's so surprising is the sheer amount of manufacturers and models that exist today. It's a rather daunting task trying to find exactly what you want. And as with all headphone purchases, unless you try before you buy, you are taking a shot in the dark. I've found this out the hard way and it has cost me. This is really my biggest concern, the closest store that has demo models available is over 100 miles away, not including the trip back.
So with that possibility out of the question, I've decided to take that "shot in the dark", but not without a little confidence first. I was hoping some fellow audiophiles could point me in the right direction with my next purchase.
- The most amount of money I'd like to spend is $200.00 USD but if there's some compelling reason why I should spend more, I might go a little over. Now I know this is going to be a point of debate. Some will say "You won't find audiophile grade cans for $200". And I can agree with that, to an extent. But notice I said decent set of headphones, I'm not looking for the best of the best or even close.
- Open-air headphones are a must. I will be using these in the privacy of my own home so there is no concern about bothering people on an airplane or on a bus. I'm fully aware of the sonic differences between closed and open, and from what I've gathered, open is the way to go if you're looking for audio fidelity.
- Comfortability is also a factor here, not a huge factor though. I dislike headphones that clamp on your head like a vise or and/or are rough on the ears but at the same time, I'm willing to endur some discomfort if it's the right price and open-air.
The pair I'm looking at right now are these:
From what I understand, these are an absolute steal at that price. They're comfortable and open-air. The only thing that's stoping me from buying these right now is this: Bass. I've read several reviews from websites and owners that say these headphones are "lacking in the bass department". Before I go any further with that, I just want to say that I do plan on running my headphones through an amplifier. Exactly which amplifier, I do not know but I will come to a decision sooner or later. The reason why I bring this up is simple, the first thing to go out with underpowered headphones is usually the bass. And bass is important to me. I listen to mostly dance and electronic music so I need that deep, rich, warm bass to provide that energy and excitement. Without it, tracks sound dull and lifeless. But please don't get me wrong, I am not a basshead. I don't want the bass drowning out vocals and other frequencies. I guess you can say I want something that's balanced for highs, mids and lows. The HD595's seem to do that well, and I'm really hoping the people who complained about the bass weren't driving them properly and/or are giving subjective opinions because I am rather interested in these cans.
I'm sorry for the wall of text, treat if how you like it makes no difference to me. I'm just asking for some suggestions here, anybody got some?