"Upgrading" from an ATH-M50 so.. yeah. 3rd pair of closed backs :).
Mainly looking for bass, possibly soundstage, comfort, isolation, build quality / durability, overall SQ, and portability. Don't know if there's much else. Also rather have the better looking headphones due to I'll be wearing them in public (school) and don't want to look like a complete fool, even though I probably already will :). HD25s are probably out of the question if I include looks. Already wear my M50s around.
Music preferences are: Hip Hop, Classical, Pop, R&B, some rock, some metal, electronica, techno, trance, dunno what else.
Also would probably like a swivel feature, though I believe all 4 have them like the M50. Detachable cord attracts me too. Don't want to go through trouble having to mod it, and knowing me, I'd mess up.
Also would prefer it to be good for mixing (even though I know these aren't the right forums. Figured that headfi would know more about headphones than mixing forums though, as in like, more in-depth rather than; "________ nuff said."
So, I've heard that the three Ultrasones have more bass than M50s, correct? Confused as the graphs show they are about 5~15dB less than the M50s (and btw, I also amp up my M50s with the E5's bass boost. Only thing I bought that small amp for :)). And the HD25s a bit less.. correct?
Main things confusing me are:
HD25s are apparently the best bang for the buck, or so I've heard, and are insane at isolation.
HFI-580 / 780 = more up-front sound, while the Pro 550 = has a more in-depth sound stage. Honestly don't know which I prefer more either, but seems like I'd love sound stage.
Sorry if my typing sounds all whack. Whenever I type up threads, they just.. don't flow right.
Note that I'll also probably getting the DJ1 variants if I do opt for one of the Ultrasones (besides the 780, as I don't think there's a DJ variant) as it seems as if I like the looks better (especially the Pro 550 compared to the DJ1 Pro. The matte navy blue just looks.. off to me) and I'd probably prefer a coiled cable, rather than shoving 10ft of cable into my pockets like with the DT770 Premiums. Also all the Ultrasones I've listed are currently $150~165 USD on Amazon, so price difference is negligible. HD25s being $50 above the rest though.
And are these Pro 550 variants sold anymore..? http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-media/product-gallery/B000YDYEDW/ref=cm_ciu_pdp_images_1?ie=UTF8&index=1
Love the metallic silver over the original, and possibly even over the DJ1 variant.
Edited by AyeVeeN - 4/26/11 at 5:36pm