Alright, so the following are on my list of cans to try this weekend:
- Shure SRH940
- AKG K550
- Sony MDR-V6
- Beyerdynamic DT 770
The Sony is on there, but I'm a little hesitant that a $65 headphone is going to deliver what I'm looking for. Still, no color lines, right? I've also put the DT 770 on there just because I'm interested in the comparison. It's probably not what I'm looking for at all, but I figure I should expose my ears to everything I can to refine my tastes. If anyone can think of any other decently closed-back, neutral, and relatively airy cans to try, I'm all ears.
Alright, I just came back from trying the K550 and I really disliked them. When the highs and the treble hit, it was uncomfortable. They reminded me of a highly degraded Q701 (a can i really like). I'm not sure that's what I'm going for now.
I tried several others while I was out, one of them being the Sennheiser Momentum. I'm a little embarrassed to say I absolutely fell in love with the sound from them. The problem is I have no idea what that means. I thought I was looking for a neutral headphone, but maybe not? I have no idea how to classify the Momentum, but that's what I'm looking for. So why not just get the Momentums and be happy? I'll tell you I was close to, but a couple things stopped me. The ear cups are SOO small, the leather heated my ears quickly, the low impedence makes me worry about whether or not to amp them (they sounded great both unamped and with a FiiO E07K), and they have an on-line mic (takes away from the seriousness to me).
I demoed the Shure SRH940 for a while last night and I have to say, I wasn't very impressed. Good detail and it was very comfortable, but the highs just stressed me out. The last thing I want at work is more stress. After, I went back and tried the AKG K550 again. I think I dismissed these too quickly the first time because I really enjoyed my extended demo. I think having come back from the SRH940 over to the K550, it helped put those highs back into perspective. I know I keep going back and forth between something a little more fun/warm and something more detailed/analytical. I think I've come to the conclusion that I want both. There's a time and place for each sound and I don't think I should rob myself of those experiences.
For the more fun and warm closed-back can that I can use at work, I'm really wanting to try the Sony MDR-1R now. From everything I'm reading, it sounds like it's in the same space at the Momentums, but with an actual full ear cup. I'm not finding these anywhere to demo, so I may need to fire and forget this purchase with a vendor that has a good return policy. In general, is there a way or place to demo harder to find items like this?
For the more detailed and analytical closed-back can that I can use at work, I think I've decided on the K550. The only problem I see with it is the same problem a lot of people have with it which is I can get a good seal on it, but just barely. It works, but it could be a lot better. I've seen the mods people have done, but if you know me, then you know I hate modding unless it's barely noticeable. I tend to think it's a manufacturer's responsibility to fix issues like this vs the consumer. Whatever the case, I do get a decent enough seal. I'm also not crazy about the non-removable cable. When you get to the K550 price range, it should be a mandatory feature. Anything else out there that can be a good closed-back reference can and solve these issues?
The Sony MDR-CD900ST (but has thin ear pads) and Sony MDR-7510 & 7520. Only the more expensive 7520 has a removable cable.