Hi all, need some serious help here...
Some may remember an old thread of mine with the voting between 4x cans and which will I choose etc? Ok, so here's the situation and the issue in a medium sized nutshell...
Looking for Closed Back (was not before, but now fairly important) Over Ears. Must be comfortable. Good Bass, deep if possible but like the punchy upper Bass area. Good rythmic mid-range with an open expressive clear sound.
Tried and rejected: Grado SR80i: Very very musical and exciting, but not the style, comfort. Vey leaky sound.
Tried and rejected: Beyer 880 (600ohms): Supremely comfortable but the mid-range and sense of 'drive' and fun just wasn't there. Soooooo comfy though.
Tried and rejected: Sennhieser HD598: Again, very comfy, but they are (and I'm sorry to those 598 fans) a bit dull?
Tried and rejected: Soundmagic HP100: Quite comfy, not a bad pair of cans and great value, but side by side with some others, they just didn't quite have the punch and life I wanted.
Tried and rejected: Philips Fideo X1: Magical sound and pretty comfy. Very musical and nice and open, but alas the sound leakage proved too much in the end. Nice though!
Tried and liked but going to reject: Sony MDR1-r Silver: Now, these are very comfy (almost disappear on your head), very good mid-range, and I would keep these if not for sibilance at the top end. once you notice it, it drives you mad. It could also do with a bit of extension at the lower end.
Tried and like but going to reject: AT ATH-A500X: Now, these have pretty much the sound I want. A tad more punch in the upper Bass would be nice, a tad more forward in the mid range would be nice, but for closed backs, they are very open sounding, quite musical and pretty balanced. Certainly not the be-all-end-all and certainy not 'that' great, but for the money, not bad at all. the down side is they are just so damn uncomfortable....
So, where to next? A closed back, over ear up to £250 (~$350)?
I'm beginning to think there's no answer?
Driven by Fiio E17 by the way.
Music: Very wide range but main catagories. Dance/Trance/Pop (Underworld/Freemasons/M.Jackson/Pop-Dance) where punchy rythmic Bass is better than super-deep Bass sometimes, Rock (Rush/Led Zep/Pink Floyd/AC DC) where a tiny tad of control in the top-end is needed, Orchestral Film Scores (John Williams/Danny Elfman/James Horner/Hans Zimmer) where deep bass and the wide open sounstage is nice... Also for watching films late night (usually action/sci-fi big sound big effects, vocals)....
So need to be a bit of an all-rounder, slightly biased towards Bass but retaining mid-range drive and excitement, comfy as you like!
Help please... oh, and if anyone has a pair of Denon 5k's or 7k's for sale at that price (lol) as something tells me they might have been a solution?
I'm looking forward to ordering a pair of igrado's soon, but I've noticed that a number of models of grado's are getting absolutely hammered in reviews because of a lack of comfort, and the models often singled out are the two I'm most interested in: the 60i's and igrado's.
I can't offer up a recommendation at this point, but I wanted to thank you for some honest feedback about the headphones you've tried already.