I'm sure posts like these have been here a googol of times, but for the past 6 years I've been trying to find a decent headset and looking to get one soon. Narrowed down to:
AKG K240 MKII (Semi-Open)
AKG K242 HD (Semi-Open)
AKG K271 MKII (Closed)
AKG K172 HD (Closed)
I've heard that Semi-Open is the best of both worlds (Open/Closed) and would like to get them if they can live up to the legend that people make them out to be. Closed is said to offer the best experience reproducing Rich Bass. However, I've found that people's taste in music makes them biased towards their audio equipment. (Example: My friend who listens to Rock, Hip-Hop and Rap loves his Dre Beats Studio. I borrowed them one afternoon and found it failed, surprisingly the Bass reproduction, against my music library).
So, if it does helps, I'll try to give some insight to my Musical background: I listen to a range from Metal to Death Metal and enjoy powerful Music (Not lyrics, the actual music). I try not to sound stuck-up, snobby or anything, but I do have to explain it often to people I hang with so I just want to be very clear. I'm very, very picky about Music. I play Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Piano. Playing has made these instruments stand out more in my listening experience, especially the way its presented. I listen to all aspects of Music, I'm not a 'Bass Person' as some people say they are. I sense when Highs, Mids and Lows are off and the music I listen to usually has to flow very, very well and evenly (if that makes sense). I do work Studio a lot on my computer and I do know what I'm talking about when it comes to Music / Sound vs Systems vs Equalizers (Last time I posted something online, I was told my EQ settings were crap, but this listener had his set to +10 Everything Bass/Mids and -10 Treble so yea...). Fun Fact: I hate subwoofers with a passion save for the one in my 5.1 System, but then again I hate that one too. : )
So, again, Bass is not all I'm looking for, its just one of the Biggest problems I've been having recently with Headphones. (Will post links to songs and references from YouTube to present a clearer picture).
One of the key things that my last hundred headsets have had issues with is reproducing that rich Bass Hit from the Double Pedals, especially when some songs drop to single pedal hits, the bass sounds nearly the same. The sudden crushing Bass in certain songs during the Bridge and such also seems to suffer from this as well. Some headsets, the bass just sounds like mush. : (
Headphones like the Dre Beats Studio require batteries to power the Amp and ultimately the entire headphone set, which is.. retarded. I stay away from those types and Powered Noise Canceling Headphones. While they do their job, certain noise like say speech or uneven white noise outside the headset distorts horribly. I don't know a lot about Headphones, but I know I don't want to be hindered at the lack of batteries available.
I use my Car Stereo for reference since that's the cleanest way I can produce music at loud volumes, without disturbing neighbors at least : )
I know I'm going to need a Headphone AMP. I'm planning on getting the E11 (for convenience more than total audiophilism) for my iPod and because I do want to be able to plug in headphones for a quick listen rather than worrying about.
Minor reduction of Bass for cleaner hits, Midrange lowered to clean up the Bass in some Metal songs.
Stock Deck / Custom 4.0 Stereo Spearker System. Full Range, 2x Drivers each speaker (Tweek / Mid + Bass). (( NO SUBWOOFER ))
500-Watt RMS 5.1 Surround System, (( Subwoofer: 188-Watt ))
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As I Lay Dying - Parallels
Note Double Bass is pronounced in this song, especially around 44 second mark when it slows. Punches very well.
A Day to Remember - You Be Tails, I'll Be Sonic
Another Double Bass reference. Singers vocals are a little higher so as the drums aren't so drowned out.
Lady Gaga Gaga - Bad Romance (MUSIC VIDEO)
Confusing reference, I know. Just mentioning at the 38 second mark it sounds like a Club when my speakers are cranked and this effect would be a bonus if I could find a Headset to replicate it.
As I Lay Dying - You Already Know What you Are (Medium Quality)
This is a short and very heavy song. At the Markers: 0:55 and 1:11 are the Crushing Bass effect I mentioned. It's hard to tell in the link I provided. This literally hits so hard on my stereo in my Car that mirror comes off and last week it broke the solders on my rear windshield. I tried this on my 5.1 System, most of the smaller/medium the pictures in the room fell off the wall along with the satelites on the TV Deck.
Sorry for Youtube references, I know they're not the best source of music quality, but it gives you an idea. (Last one is the best I could find at the time of posting).
I'm very open to feedback and suggestions. If AKG won't cut it, please reference a set that will (spending limit is AROUND $200+). Thank you very much for your time and hope to hear from you all.