Hey guys I'm unable to decide what headphones I should pick up.
I currently have a HD595 with the O2 / ODAC combo.
I really enjoy the comfort and sound of the HD595, so I was thinking of going with the HD650 as my first upgrade.
My other options that I am considering are the HifiMan HE-400, the Beyer DT8800 Prem. 600 ohm, and the Paradox mod of the Fostex T50RP.
Ideally I think I would like a pair of laid back headphones like the HD650, and a pair of very neutral and balanced headphones. Unfortunately I won't be able to afford buying two pairs at the same time.
My max budget would be the mid 600’s which is what a premium Paradox costs, and that is an absolute maximum. I’m already uncomfortable with dropping 500 dollars.
The concerns I have with the headphones I listed are as follows:
DT880 - Not too sure on the semi-open design, I'm really liking how open my 595's sound. I also don't like the fact that it doesn't have dual entry cables as well as having a non-removable cable. It makes me worried that the cable will break and I will have trouble replacing it.
HE-400 - Comfort may be an issue what with it being rather heavy. I have read that it is musical sounding, and I'm not sure if that's what I want.
Paradox Fostex T50RP - It's a closed headphone, so I'm not sure what amount of modding could change that effect on the sound without removing the cups. I also don't want to get caught up in the hype and end up with something I don't want. It's also the most expensive of my final picks, mostly because I know I will end up regretting not choosing the dual entry cable if I go for the standard mod.
$699 gets you the HiFiMan HE-500 new. I'd shoot for that and an amp (starting $225 to $250 new) to drive it.
If you don't want to spend that much, get the DT 880 for audiophile neutral (its slightly bright) or the HD 650 for audiophile fun with a bit of mid bass boost.