I tried my own thread but I didn't get too many responses. Then I saw this thread. So here is what Im looking for...
I've been on head-fi for awhile now, and have tried a few full size and iems. I need a pair of headphones that is pretty much what I described above and near the $200 dollar range. They can be either open or closed. I prefer a relatively balanced and natural sound.
Very important to me is that the bass is tight and goes deep or certain songs just don't sound right. Drums need a little bit of impact and body.
The mids should be just right, I find mids very important for vocals but too much upper mids hurts a little.
The highs must be present, Cymabals should sound accurate without being piercing. The treble is definitely the least important factor for me.
Sound stage doesn't have to be huge, medium is fine. Imaging and seperation are very important. I love being able to hear clearly seperated instruments and vocals. I can't stand congested music. It is pretty much the definition of a bad headphone to me. Average detail is fine, a little smoothness goes along way to creating a natural sound. Correct timbre? or tone of instruments is also important to me, especially piano, acoustic guitar and drums. Bright headphones make everything sound high pitched and a huge bass hump can make instruments sound deeper then they actually are, I'm not interested in coloration.
I generally love "indy" rock that use acoustic instruments. Very little hiphop and techno and quite a few classic rock songs sum up my repertoire. Heres a short list of a few artists that I worship....
Cold war kids
The Beatles (psychadellic)
Florence and the Machine
Oh and I'd like to add, I had some K701's I really enjoyed but it gave me pressure headaches at the ear pads and the sound stage is too big/fake, not intimate enough. :(
Ahaha, I was a about to post the same thing as a new thread too, glad I found this. I believe you have stated a most accurate description of my desirable headphones.
For the record, my budget only goes as high as 150 bucks though; also, my past experiences have been Sony Mdr V-150, Sennheiser hd 201 (the best one i have imo), and the Sony MDR V-5 (too tight/uncomfortable and muddy sound for my tastes)
Edited by JCRG - 6/22/11 at 5:25pm