I was searching around about 5 hours and read dozens of threads like this one... but while reading, instead of getting clearer, the picture got more confusing. So I decided to open "my" own thread.
Short version: I want a revealing, direct, resolving, emotions transporting can. I want to "see" the Dee Dee with her voice, the London sympony's violins, Satchmo's trumpet or Mongo's bongos right in front of me when I close the eyes. I want the music to get to my emotions, even if its fatiguing on the long run - if the live version would be fatiguing too. As natural as possible. They must bring to my ear every detail 24bit/96khz or Vinyl can store. And they should suit my budget, maximum about 200$. Quite a bit of a challenge for you, guys ;-)
Surfing around this and other forums, I came over these cans that seem to fit my budget... but do they fit my taste???
- Audio-Technica ATH-M50S
- AKG K 701
- Superlux HD-660
- Superlux HD 668B
- Alessandro MS-1
- Shure SRH840
- Fostex T50RP
- Fostex TH-7B
- AKG K171 MKII
- Grado SR60i
- Sennheiser HD 438
- Grado SR80i
- Sennheiser HD 598
- Shure SRH840
So... choosing without trying is always difficult. What would YOU head-fi oldies recommend???
Here comes the long version for those who really want to know what I like when talking about stored music reproduction.
Somewhat, I am a headphone newbie. Long time ago I used headphones, and I appreciated for example the Jecklin electrostats that I was not able to afford, but I listened to them extensively at my parent's. But these cans might not fit my taste anymore, as it got much more mature since then.
Since a couple of years, I own a nice speaker-chain, including a decent turntable, DNM amps and french Rehdeko speakers (you hate them or you love them. I love them). And more recently a really nice audio-gd DAC that I feed with a modded squeezebox touch, often with 24bit/96khz files.
I definitively listen to all types of music - as long as it is well made. Loving Rehdeko means, that every little bit of the music is reproduced. Music may be fatiguing. Personally, I love them, because good music IS fatiguing. I would not listen 10 hours to live music - as it would be fatiguing. So, I don't want a Headphone that smooths the music to make it bearable for hours. I want it to transport as much of the emotions as there can be stored in a record. And emotions are fatiguing - this is normal. However, sound should be NATURAL. As close to live as possible. (Of course, NOT harsh, where live would not be harsh).
Technical history: I recently ordered a audio-gd FUN. It is my backup DAC for my backup equipment. It has analogue rca line input, so I got the idea to plug it onto the second RCA connection of my DAC, or the tape out of my preamp. So, all of a sudden, I have a Headphone output on my chain... And I want to give it a try using it.
However, I don't want to spend thousands on it. Let's say, my budget is limited to about 200$. Now, if the big deal is there for 220 or so, I would probably convince myself anyway... But if there is a nice can at 50$, I don't mind keeping the change.
Thanks a million for any useful advise !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Edited by ursdiego - 9/12/11 at 7:15am