So I was about to get the hd25s like two weeks ago but then I hesitated because I'm kinda questioning how much better/ different will they be to a pair of hd280s? Or would I be better off with a pair of like ultrasones? If they are different/ better for vocal based music, I can easily justify paying the $180 or less for them.
HD25 better for rock/metal/etc stuff with strong drums and cymbals and you want some impact. The HD280 is a bit boring in comparison, but I feel it does the mids better and it does have stronger isolation.
Interesting thread, hopefully I can get some helpful responses!
I currently own a pair of Ultrasone Pro 900's that which I use for pretty much everything. I'm a student so I spend a fair amount of time at my desk studying and listening to music, I also play competitive FPS and other games when time permits.
While I really enjoy the overall sound of the 900's I can't keep them on for long periods of time. I find that my ears get really warm and I get a slight headache.
So now I'm either looking to upgrade, or perhaps look for another pair of headphones to work with the 900's.
Intended use: Long term listening at my PC, used regularly for gaming.
Music Genres: A little bit of everything, mostly electronic (Drum and bass, house, trance, ambient) just for the background music while working. I also listen to a lot of rock (Classic, indie, instrumental) and hip hop.
Current sources: Asus Essence STX with Flac files whenever possible, otherwise MP3 320.
Amplifier: Currently using the built in amp with the STX. It seems to be adequate for the 900's.
What I'm looking for:
Comfort: Definitely my biggest gripe with the 900's is that I can't actually enjoy them after a while. My brother wears his AD700's ALL day and I could probably do the same. Unfortunately they just don't sound good to me at all.
Soundstage: I've tried dozens of "gaming headsets" as well as the regularly recommended headphones for gamers (AD700, HD595, DT770) and *imo* none provide the combination of detail and immersion in game that the 900's do.
Sound characteristics: I like bass, but it does not need to be exaggerated. The 900's, especially when new, really tested my limits with *bright?* headphones but they got better over time or my ears adjusted.
Open vs. Closed: If they are comfortable and provide the sound characteristics that I'm looking for then I have no real preference.
Budget: < $2000 I put this as my budget because I can justify spending that much right now. I spend enough time wearing headphones and listen to enough music that I don't see any reason to really compromise. I also realize that spending that amount on headphones to plug into a $200 sound card might be ridiculous. For now I'm just looking at headphone suggestions. When I make a decision I'll look into upgrading the rest of my audio gear. Also, if there is some DAC, amp, headphone combo that you feel works well feel free to suggest it.
What I'm currently considering:
Beyerdynamic T1 -> Most comments seem to indicate that these are up there in terms of comfort. Possibly not as comfortable as the DT 770/880/990 but still very good.
Denon D7000 -> Haven't read as much on these, seem to be comfortable.
Ultrasone Edition 8 -> Should appeal to people who enjoy the ultrasone sound. People who have owned both the 900's and Ed.8 seem to agree that the Ed.8 are more comfortable and sound better overall.
Open to other suggestions!
If you're gaming and don't want heat buildup, then open headphones should be at the top of your list. Maybe the Audio Technica AD2000 or one of the orthos like the LCD2 or HE500? Mind you, at this budget don't listen to the likes of us; go hand out in the specific threads and try to audition before dropping the big cash.