hey guys, i'm a bit lost deciding on what headphones i should get with my budget of 50 to 70 pounds.
I would describe myself as a 'newbie audiophile', i can tell when headphones are bad or have highs that are too harsh, mids that are too forward etc, the slightest bit of distortion annoys me, and an unbalanced soundstage also annoys me, however i am relatively new on the scene and i have ZERO experience with good headphones/earphones as prior to now i have just been using a phone and some bundled earphones or integrated PC audio like most people. (yes it is horrible)
I listen to most types of music including blues, country, alternative, indie, rock, metal, heavy metal, death metal, dance, trance, dubstep etc etc. I mostly listen to rock, metal and dubstep (but i would want other genres to sound as good as possible as well)
I enjoy the bassline of my music but i do not want the bass to distort or drown out the mids etc, i want a clear sound which is as true to the original recording as possible with this budget, i prefer a warm sound to a harsh sound, and i would like to be able to have heavy booming bass if i change the EQ settings.
The only semi-decent earphones i have are my CX300-II's, but i think that they are overpriced and the high's are too harsh, the mids are too weak and the low's are WAY too forward. Its nice hearing the bassline in music which isnt particularly bassy, but the bass distorts at higher volumes and on bass heavy music etc. (i use with a cowon mp3 player and various eq's)
I have been looking at quite a few cans online, all of which have mixed reviews, so i thought i would bring this here :)
I have looked at mainstream cans like:
Sony MDR-XB700/500 = have the bass i'm looking for but i'm worried that they are TOO focussed on the bass.
Sony V700DJ = seemed to be a good option, but i read some negativities more recently
some less mainstream cans like:
Koss Pro DJ100 = reports of bad build, and many people say that DJ cans arent good for casual use
Audio Technica ATH-T500 = like the look of these, but some people say that the high's are harsh and the mid's/low's are muddy.
Grado SR-60i = getting into budget audiophile territory, but there is apparently not much bass due to the fact that they are focussed more on quality and clarity. also my budget is no longer this high
I am looking into beyerdynamic, sennheisser, bose (yes i know they have bad rep), and a few other manufacturers at the moment.
I currently have some XB700's on order, but they are out of stock and i think i might cancel as i feel like ive been sucked into the MEGABASS community who just want BASS BASS BASS...
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated :)