Hey folks. I've searched the forums (fora?) and can find loads of threads where various people say the FA-011s are sort of like this or that model, but I still can't find what I'm looking for. If my answers are already on here, please point me in the right direction -- my search-fu couldn't turn it up.
My very first "premium" set of headphones was the Fischer FA-011s. After breaking them (or me, whichever) in, I absolutely love their sound with my budget-fi work rig: iTunes to E7/E9 combo to FA-011s. I'm still not sure I qualify as a bass-head, but I have my FA-011s EQed to deliver even more... well, if it were being delivered to my whole body instead of my ears, I suppose it would be rumble. I'm significantly boosting the low end, ~7dB on the 32Hz band, 4dB on 64Hz, and trimming back the 16kHz band about 2dB, if that helps.
So now I'm building a gaming rig at home, and looking for a set that can pull double-duty: gaming accuracy/positioning, and movie fun. I want something with a good soundstage an oodles of comfort, but with a good, "fun" sound. I like my lows. Clean, tight, beautiful bass. Not looking to vibrate my fillings loose, but when my games (and occasional movies) call for bass, I want it rich, tight, and copious. I'm perfectly willing to amp (and EQ if necessary, I suppose).
I already picked up the "standard," ATH-AD700s. I figured for $80 I might as well see what all the buzz is about. Great soundstage, horrible fit, but very comfy after bending the crap out of them... they just have no oomph. I've (digitally) EQed them to hell and back which filled 'em out pretty well, but it's tweaked so harshly that I've lost about half the dynamic range, just to keep the lows from clipping. So I always have those as my fall-back if getting that kind of soundstage is going to be tricky. If my next 'phones need to compromise there to make me happy on other fronts, I'll survive.
I've been reading and searching for the last week, and had narrowed it down to the HD598s or DT990s... but I just keep getting so many conflicting reviews on how much bass they have. I love my FA-011s, and if I can get even more bass while keeping it that tight and clean, I'll be a happy man.
Oh, and budget... If I can get my headphones under $200 I'll be a happy man. Well, my headphone/amp combo needs to come under about $500 (and on that note, any related amplifier suggestions would be appreciated as well). Thanks for the help!