I posted this up on reddit/r/headphones the past week and wanted to get a second opinion.
I'm looking to get my first set of serious cans for listening to music on my PC. I'm currently using Panasonic RP-HTX7's and have grown accustomed to closed full headphones.
I listen to a lot of electronica (specifically dnb, glitch/ambient, trip-hop and trance, amongst others), some punk/metal, a bit of hip-hop as well as the odd bit of classical/orchestral. http://www.last.fm/user/ambientmf <-- Last.fm profile. I do know that this is a wide-range and I probably won't be able to get headphones that cover everything...No problem. 90% of my music is lossless FLAC. I do game occasionally and don't mind using my Panasonic for that.
So, here are the headphones I was thinking about picking up. My budget is $200 CAD.
- Ultrasone HFI-780 (can get this from B&H for $190ish shipped to me in Canada)
- Beyerdynamic DT770 250-ohm (80-ohm version is $20 more at a local place which would be breaking my budget a bit after taxes)
- Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro (I like the bass selection but not sure if it's worth $200. This just comes in my budget if I get this at headphonebar in Canada, otherwise it's a bit out of my price range)
Those are the only 2-3 I'm looking at right now. If anyone has any better suggestions, please let me know. Price and availability in Canada kind of limits me too, just FYI. Phones like the ATH-M50's amongst others were not considered due to the (high) price and (lack of) availability up here. Thanks
The Ultrasone HFI-780 are a quite good set to get. Alternatively, you can get the Ultrasone HFI-580 if you're willing to have slightly less balanced sound with more bass emphasis. Also, either the HFI-580 or HFI-780 are an upgrade over the ATH-M50.