I'm pretty new here, having (somewhat inevitably) stumbled upon Head-Fi after researching the mid-high-end headphone market and subsequently lurking for the past few days.
Given that I am probably much, much less knowledgeable about this area than most of you, I was hoping I could get a few recommendations for something in the $150-250 range.
I'm looking for:
- Closed, around-the-ear/circumaural design. Need it for isolation and privacy (I travel a lot and live in a dorm), and don't like having my ears compressed.
- Very clear, analytic sound, especially through the midrange
- Relatively flat frequency response, although some extra bass would be acceptable.
- Portable (e.g. decent build quality) and suited for DAPs. Open to portable amps/DACs if the combined total is sub-$250 and quality is better than no amp/DAC.
- Comfortable. E.g. I liked the feeling of the Bose QC15s (and the noise-cancellation), although I've read here that audio quality could be better for the money. (I was originally looking for a noise-canceling pair but changed my mind since that seems to decrease overall audio quality from what I've read.) Prefer something with extremely soft pads.
- Preferably from a well-established brand, e.g. Sennheiser or similar. Flexible on this.
I mostly listen to upbeat progressive trance, electronica, and dance, with some classical and pop. Probably about 50/50 instrumental/vocal. My library is primarily 320k and ~220k VBR mp3s. Overall primarily looking for crispness and clarity -- I want to hear details. Ideas?
After further research, I am mostly considering the following, by rough order of preference:
- Denon AHD2000
- Beyerdynamic DT 770 250 Ohm version and a portable amp like the FiiO E5 or similar
- Audio Technica ATH-M50
- Sennheiser HD 380 PRO
- Shure SRH840
Edited by Nocturne - 12/28/10 at 4:33am