Well it's that time of year again guys, I've been through many great headphones, MD2000's, HD650's, AKG K 701, AKG K 242 HD, M2's, ue700. From each experience I have learned more about my own musical tastes and sound preferences, I have also experienced what each of these has to offer.
I am looking to broaden my horizons even more, but also take a step up from the $200-$250 dollar range maybe. My budget for this upgrade will be around $500. Now I've heard a lot about the grado sound. But I digress, before that let me tell you my impressions of the headphones I've had so I can ask a similar user who has heard at least one of them and a grado what he thought.
D2000 was my adventure into hi-fi audio. The bass reproduction was what I thought was good at the time, they had slightly recessed mids which I fixed by using an EQ to pump the mids a few DB. The denons were a good headphone but they don't wow me anymore.
HD650 - This was my next purchase, with these headphones I learned the meaning of the word "textured" I quiet enjoyed the texture I could hear on mid to midbass instruments, a cello didn't sound like this on my denons. The veil and relatively dark signature and lack of detail frustrated me, which provoked me to EQ to fix the headphones problems for me, but soon I wanted more so I moved to another extreme.
AKG K 701 - With this headphone I learned the meaning of detail, clarity, and separation. The music didn't have as much body, and sometimes it felt like i was in an echo chamber, but I certainly heard more than I could hear on my previous 2 headphones, the word "muddy" do not apply in the slightest to these headphones. The bass is clear, however lacks the resonance of real bass, on some kinds of music this is great (jazz), on others it can make a bass oriented song sound quiet bad (trip hop, dubstep)
Now here I am, craving something new and different once again, I've been thinking about a grado, perhaps the rs2 or rs1 if i can afford or the sr225i to try maybe since that seems to be the sweet spot. However I would be very interested to hear people opinions on the matter, especially those who have tried at least one of the headphones on my list and can compare certain aspects of it.
My Music preferences are quiet wide, I like jazz, trip hop, down tempo, dubstep, guitar music, classical, coldplay, etc.
Anyway, thanks for reading If you got through all that, I look forward to hearing peoples experiences and opinions.
P.S Hopefully this will serve to help people who are trying to make decisions between these headphones also.