I was wondering if I could get some advice\ recommendations as this will be pretty much my first pair of high end headphones. I do own a Sennheiser HD 212Pro that I bought many years ago though the cords broke on me, and I haven't bothered fixing them because I rather just upgrade to a new pair, also vocals sort of sound really murky.
Things that would be a must are;
- good isolation, closed back, I'll be using it mainly on public transport
- portable, don't particularly want to get an amp
- and comfort, I guess
I listen to a whole range of genre, though mostly acoustic and bass-heavy songs, so being a beginner, I'm finding it sort of difficult to figure out what's what when my preferences are on both sides of the spectrum.
I live in Australia and have a budget of ~$300
I've been able to briefly test some headphones, and liked three of them ATH-M50s (~$150), Beyer T70p($439-$479) and AKG K550($319). I enjoyed the T70ps the most, because it had the bass and clarity, but I would prefer to look around more first because it's way out of my budget, K550 sounded the best with my acoustic songs but was really lacking bass and M50s were good overall, but I found that it was lacking this clarity in instrumentals.. ? And for a lack of a better description, too balanced? I thought it sounded kind of plain, and that that was pulling the clarity away.
I tested those headphones with an iPod, but I'm going to get a Cowon next week. I did realise I can play with the equaliser, but when I mentioned that to the shopkeeper (of my local headphones store), he had this "Oh.. yeah.. I guess you could do that too..." sort of expression..
As you can tell, I don't know what I'm doing . I don't know anybody who would even think twice about their earphones, so I thought I'd turn to you all.
I think my question really is, is there something I can get that has a similiar sound to the Beyer but at a lower price (probably not right?), what do you think of using an equaliser to possibly make up for what a particular pair of headphones are lacking, or any other headphones I should probably try out first?
A reference for how the prices are in Aus http://www.addictedtoaudio.com.au/