I've been pulling my hair out lately, trying to find the perfect cans. I just bought the Koss PRO DJ100's from BestBuy, and the Creative Aurvana Live's from Amazon (they're on sale for $60). Neither do what i was hoping they would do for me.
After hearing the Klipsch Image Ones at Best Buy, I fell in love with their bass signature. They are both punchy, like the PortaPro's, and extend very low, but they also seem to produce very forward, very musical, well textured bass. The rest of the frequency isn't really anything amazing but hearing the bass struck a chord for me. Unfortunately, I can't use the Image Ones because they wont work with my S:Flo2. They play in a sort of "karaoke" mode where voices are muted, and sound is tinny. The only way I can get full bodied sound out of them is to hold down the center "receive call" button on the inline iPhone control. They play fine on my Fuze, but it doesn't compare in sound quality to my S:Flo2.
I am also VERY sensitive to any sort of sibilance. Any accentuation of S's, and T's, etc... really gets to me, to the point that I flinch. The only headphones I can even listen to lately are the two I mentioned in the title. The Sennheiser HD203's, and the JVC HA-RX700. Both seem to have very smooth, although rolled off treble. The HD203's manage to still keep the rest of the treble airy, and detailed, but their bass isn't what I'm looking for. Neither of them have that punchy (mid?)bass like my K81DJ's, and PortaPro's offer.
I mentioned that I purchased the DJ100's, and the CAL!'s. They are BOTH too sibilant for me, if that's any indication. I was hoping the paper based driver wouldn't have the harshness of a mylar driver. The DJ100's sound like normal sibilance in the recording, just oddly amplified. The CAL!'s actually add a fake, almost metallic sounding shhh, or chhh to the sibilance that makes them fatiguing very quickly.
I guess to summarize, I'm looking for a bass signature similar to the Image Ones I described above. Midrange that is warm, and neutral if not slightly laid back. I have a habit of hearing forward vocals as "ringing" mids. I would like treble that has a noticeable dip around the sibilance range, but is otherwise detailed, and has shimmer. Headphones that seem to muffle, or swallow sibilance without losing much detail, would be great, even if it results in the shhh, chhh, ssss, tttt, not sounding as intended. I have read that the HD650 and above can accomplish this, but they're not within my price range.
I would like them to be in the $100 price range, if not cheaper. Please help me end my quest for the perfect cans. If you look in my profile you'll see how many I've bought over the years. I still have most, just sitting in boxes because I can't listen to them for more than 10-15 minutes.