Hi Dear fellow Head-Fiers,
Merry Christmas and happy holidays,
I have been using a pair of ATH-M50s for last two years and I would like to upgrade to another closed back set of cans. I really like the sound of my m50s but I would like to purchase a pair of HP with little more bass.
Here are what I am looking for….
1. A closed back pair of HP that can be used smoothly without amping.
2. I would mostly use them in the streets, work, coffee-shops etc. so they should not be too large. (so no Shure SRH840s please)
3. I mostly listen to rock (Rolling Stones, Queen, G 'N R, Journey, Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, Pink Floyd, Iron Maiden, Radiohead, REM etc. etc.), some classical, a little jazz, some world music, and some instrumentals.
4. For the low end I am looking for a little more bass than my M50s. I like the bass of the Senn HD650s a lot.
5. I really like the mids on my M50s will be happy with something similar. Just for comparison I do not like the in your face mids of Grados.
6. I really love the highs on my M50s. They hit the sweet spot for me. Any brighter and it would be harsh for me. I find Grados to be too bright.
7. My budget is US $300
So overall I am looking for something that is very similar to the ATH-M50s but a bit warmer.
I usually do not listen to my music through headphones at home. I have a Klipsch system at home. And all my music are either in flac (for home use) or 320 kbps Lame mp3 (for portable use).
I use my Iphone 4 or Cowon J3 for music on the go. I do not intend to use an amp for my portable use.
Here are a few of the headphones I am considering…………
1. ATH ESW9A - but the bass is lower than m50
2. Ultrasone HFI 780 - too bright with bloated bass compared to M50?
3. Klipsch image one - too bass heavy?
4. B&W P5 - Just looks and nothing special?
5. SHURE SRH 440 - M50s are better?
6. Audio Technica ATH-ES10 - too expensive!!!!!!
7. Senn HD25- 1 II - ATH-M50s are better overall
Could you please help me out. I need purchase something around the new year. Thanks.