I'm looking for open(?) phones to be driven by a Cowon J3. I'm in the UK, so Grados carry a stupid mark-up (and I've also heard support from their UK dealer is very poor). Music I listen to: Dylan and the Band; Pixies (do other people find that the Pixies are an especially tough challenge for hardware?) and other alt rock; Johnny Cash, Gillian Welch and other "Americana"; The Clash; Miles Davis; Glen Gould; Brian Wilson; lately some pygmy chanting and avant garde drone music. (I.e. almost everything, but it's boring and annoying when people say that.)
Qualities I value
- Detail even at low volumes
- Responsiveness to EQing (well, doh - I bought a Cowon!)
- Toughness/repairability (my tomcat thinks that all cables are Cat Martial Arts training devices and he is HUGE)
Cables that have connectors so they come out of my phones if I step on them are a nice extra, but no more! A cable that is indestructible or replaceable at reasonable cost in some way is essential if I'm paying much for the phones.
I don't care about:
- The ability to get enormous maximum volume
Stuff I've tried and liked: Senn HD212 Pros (with the bass EQed way down), Koss Porta Pros, JVC FXC51s.
Stuff that underwhelmed me: my Ety HF5s
Price: I'm willing to buy used, willing to pay more for tough gear with decent repairability. It would be nice to pay less than 50 pounds, but I'd go over 100 for the right hw if I was very sure it was right in every way.
- What Senns should I look at?
- How are the Grados on repairability, especially cable replacement? Is it worth going beyond the 60 or 80?
- Better deals from less known makers? I don't mind ordering direct from China, etc.
- I'm tempted by Superlux 668Bs as they seem terrific value, but would they the sound signature I'm looking for, even after EQing?
Edited by scuttle - 8/13/11 at 8:37am