I would say out of for every 10 hours of listening, only 1 hour is devoted to Classical/Jazz/Acoustic. I mainly listen to EDT/electronica/DHT and rock. This was the primary reason I went with the M50s because they match up adequately with the types of music I listen to.
Is the sound signature of the Denons more suited towards Classical/Jazz as oppossed to the Beyers? One common complaint about the M50s is that the bass is too prominent, mids are recessed, and highs can be sharp/bright. I find the bass to be adequate, maybe slightly overpowering but I have yet to experience the recessed mids. Need more listening to see if this really bothers me.
Also correct me if I'm wrong here: are the Denons closed back and the Beyers open? What are the common characteristics of the D2000 / DT880?
The Denons are good all-rounders, with a reasonably flat frequency response and deep bass extension. The Denons are closed back, but have terrible isolation/leakage. I would say they are better than the Beyers for classical/jazz.
The Beyers are typically U-shaped, more pronounced than the M50. The DT770 are fully closed, the DT880/990 are semi-open and open respectively, although the 990 is still technically "semi closed". For electronica, I would say it's a tossup between the Denons or Beyers.
I have decided to buy a new headphone after Grado SR-225i, but I can't decide what to buy. I would like to stay in the 500$ budget if possible.
My choices are the following:
If you could tell me which one is the best from these three, that would be really great. If you suggest anything else, please don't hesitate to tell me, but it has to be circumaural.
Is there any particular sound that you're looking for? Do you have an amp?
Simply based on personal preference, I would choose the HD650.