As my signature shows, I'm currently running a Sennheiser HD 555 off my Schiit M&M stack. For the most part, I enjoy the (relative) neutrality, the comfort, the layering, and the decent sound stage these cans have to offer. However, I find their mids to be somewhat lacking, and I would most definitely want to see improvements to the clarity/transparency of the sound. So I am turning to the fine Head-Fi folks for some advice.
I generally listen to soft rock, pop, classical, and different ballroom dancing music. In some ways, I am looking for a supercharged version of my HD 555, but with improvements to various aspects, esp some stronger mids and better clarity. I have fallen in love with both the Sennheiser HD 700 and HD 800 (esp the HD 800) after a brief encounter, but in the forseeable future (of 6-12+ months), they remain totally out of reach. So I am looking for some suggestions on how I should go about improving my audio experiences.
1) Is there something in the $200 - $500 range that I can look at for the short term?
2) Is there something in the $500 - $1500 range that I should keep drooling over as I save up my pennies? (Never mind that they are actually being taken out of circulation here in Canucksville now...)
3) Should I just suck it up and start saving for the HD 800 once and for all?
All suggestions would be very much welcomed.
You'll have to pick the route, but there are a number of steps up before you end up on the one in the $1,300 to $2,000 street price range with the HD 800, HE 6 and LCD-3.
The easy one up from where you are brings you to the HD 598. Next on the way up is the HD 600, HD 650, HE 400, DT 880 & RS 2i. Then comes the HE 500 (which is probably the best value in an audiophile can), LCD-2 and T-1.
Read about each can above the HD 598 here: