So my dad has been a Hi-fi enthusiast for many years. And every house that we moved to, a room has to be allocated to be his 'hi-fi' room where he sinks in the the abyss of some really sounds.
In the house that we're in now, the room is little small. The ceiling is in an odd shape (hard to explain). Basically, the room isnt exactly audio-friendly. Plus, we have neighbors and so he cannot turn up the volume at night.
So i am trying to convert him into a head-fier instead. He always had this impression that you simply cannot get the same quality of sound from a pair of headphones. Plus, headphones can be uncomfortable because you're clamping something on your head. So i have to break through his barrier of pessimism.
I bought 3 headphones just to prove that headphones can sound (in fact better) just as good as a hi-fi setup:
A Sennheiser HD201
A grado entry level Sr60i (Burnt it for 20hours before letting him use)
A Koss Portapro
As you can see, he does not have a headphone amp. So i plug it directly into his Marantz DV9600 Cd player (which by the way, have an excellent internal amplification).
I put in 'Jazz at Pawnshop (2SACD)' and turn on his speakers for him. Then, i turn off the speakers. And plug in the sennheiser HD201and gave it to him. He said: "wow, cushion is so soft, very nice. But come on, the sound coming out of these is rubbish".
So i unplugged the HD201, and i plugged in the Sr60i. And immediately, he said "WOW" and nodded his head with approval. He made some comments, but I believe what he really enjoyed from this is the amazing soundstage. Though he did comment that it is rather 'flat'.
Then I unplugged the SR60i and put in a cheap Koss Portapro. He put it on and immediately he said: Wow, the bass is so shiok (its a slang for "awesome")
He has finally witness that headphones can be:1) Comfortable 2) High clarity + great soundstage 3) Good bass quality
So now, its time to get a proper headphone for him. And i need suggestions.
Given what i know, he doesn't like it when his music is too bright. Hence, he avoids silver cables in his hi-fi setup.
I want to get him a proper headphone so that he can still enjoy his music. And maybe also an amplifier (although i really have to say that the marantz produced amazing sound even without an amp)
I need suggestions,
I was thinking getting something from sennheiser for him. May be a HD650?
Please help me! budget: 1000 USD (a bit more is fine)
Can get more than 1 headphone for variety.
He likes jazz. And sometimes symphony. Doesn't like classical guitar sound, too bright for him.