First off, hello everyone. I gotta admit, I'm just getting into this branch of the audio enthusiast world.....have a bit of experience with 2 channel though. (Love my Eminent Tech's ) How I've come to this arena though is because of my Roland TD-9 drum kit. I really enjoy using headphones with it (and so does the rest of the household, lol)
So I'm pretty inexperienced in regards to comparative terms, so I know I'm going to have to take some leaps of faith as I learn my way around. I started with Audio Technicas D40f's which some had recommended for drummers.....crap. Couldn't believe they got any good reviews. Moved up to ATH-50's, and they were much better. I really wanted a bit better bass though. Also, when paired with the drum module they weren't loud enough.
So I bought a Digizoid and a cMoyBB to try. In both cases, the Roland is overdriving the input. They can be used, but only with a very gentle touch on the volume controls. Even then the noise floor is unacceptable. (Side note: I kinda like the Digizoid for other applications. Size is great, and works well for what I think it's target market is)
Looking for stronger bass, I tried (and currently still have) the Sony XB700's. These are interesting, especially given the price. I like the added plump in the lowest octaves, but they are soft in impact and kick. They do not even compare to the AT's for mids and highs, but I really didn't expect them to for this price. I have not tried the new XB1000's, and while I'm sure they are a nice step up I don't have the impression that they will get me where I'm wanting to be.
....Now, after spending (waay too much) time reading, I think I'm leaning towards trying the Ultrasone 900's. Or maybe Denon D2000, but from what I can tell I get the feeling the 900's might be more to my liking. Another in the mix was the Beyer DT770's. As you can tell, bass is a primary concern for me. I want a lot, but I want it good. And low. Also, I want the capacity to play loud with that low bass, without farting all over itself.
I am also amp shopping, and so far the short list are Leckerton, iBasso, and Practical Devices.
Sorry for the long post, but I thought it might help with any of you who might offer any input or thoughts/preferences to the gear I've mentioned. Or even throw in something I've missed. Thanks in advance.