Hey guys, here is a quick story on my journey here. Bought the SR80i and was amazed at the sound I was hearing, so many things I had been missing in my music all these years.
A couple of months go by and I was wanted something with more bass so I ended up buying the Denon D2000. These were just what I was looking for. Bought a E7 then a E9 and the Denon's sounded even better.
Another few months go by and I wanted something that was clear and reference sounding. The AKG K701! I have been listening to these two for the past year (K701 for Female vocals) (D2k's for Everything else).
Now about two weeks ago I decided to try the SR80i's again b/c I never really listened to them with the dac and amp I had bought. OMG they sounded so good with everything I threw at them and they had much better bass than I remember them having! I love the upfront sound, guitars sound so right on the SR80i's and Vocals are smooth as butter. I haven't been able to go back to the Denon's because they sound muted and muffled compared the the Grado's. The K701's I can tell are clearer then the 80i's but they aren't as fun. The Grado's get my feet tapping and head bobbing, unlike the K701's. Now these two $300+ dollar headphones are sitting on my desk doing nothing while I listen to the $99 dollar Grado's.
Now I'm thinking about selling the Denon and AKG and putting the money toward a used RS1. I'm scared to sell them b/c I can't audition the RS1 before hand to see if I like it and I might wish that I had never sold the Denon and AKG once I receive the RS1. My fear is that the 80i and RS1 will sound almost the same and I should have stuck with the 80i and had three different flavors to choose from. Do you think this will be a good idea? I also thought about the 225i or the 325is and only selling the Denon's to fund one of those, would this be the better route?
The majority of my music listening goes to female vocals like: The Corrs, Andrea Corr, Norah Jones, The Runaways, Cherie Currie, Diana Krall, Florence + The Machine, Joss Stone, Mandy Moore, She & Him, The Cardigans
I do enjoy the Beatles, Silverchair, Led Zeppelin, Rage Against the Machine, Pendulum, Pink Floyd etc also.