I am wondering if I should go with the sennheiser hd 555 (which is basically a 595 when you take out a piece of foam) or the ATH AD700 open (not closed back A700s).
This is coming from a guy who has heard some budget cans such as the hd280, m50, and the budget iems brainwavz m2, etymotic er6i.
The m2 had detailed mids and dark, smooth mids. The highs were slightly recessed, but I love the emphasis on the low end. I really enjoyed this phone.
The HD280s were uncomfortable and slightly heavy but had a polite, well balanced sound. I was okay with it - it was heavy and tight on my head. the bass was tight and punchy but lacking in quantity.
The etymotic er6i s had an extremely deep insertion in my ear which was unpleasant but the sound was quite decent. the bass was slightly lacking but the mids and highs were well balanced (highs being slightly harsh to my ears).
I listen to a Jazz (bossa nova, big band, latin), Hip-Hop (eminem, jayz, etc.), Classical(all sorts of piano, strings, concertos), and Pop(mainstream, mixed).
Based on what I enjoy and don't, which one is better?
Between the sennheiser and the audio technica, which has more bass quantity? which has more extension in the highs? which one is more comfortable and lighter (without sacrificing build quailty?)
Both will cost about the same for me but the audio technica will be $10 more.
thank you for reading and please help me decide.