First, a quick preliminary note: I just got the M50's and they are my first "big boy" headphones. I understand this is the experience of many on this forums. I also just bought these so I am able to return them. I do enjoy these headphones but I am sure this could be attested towards the fact that these are the first good headphones I've tried. My problem with the M50 is that they are too damn uncomfortable. After an hour I find my right ear begging to be released from these cans.
I find that I am going to be playing BF3 a lot, and games in general. Thus, I have determined that soundstage and positioning is definitely something I am looking for. I would like to retain the bass value that the M50's produce, though they are certainly no basshead cans by any standards, as some would like to imply here on the forum. Also, I tend to prefer a closed headphone vs an open. Or at least, I would like to stick with partially closed. I understand that the soundstage can only be so good with a closed set of cans.
A few I've considered:
- Denon AH-D2000
- AKG K701/702
- Sennheiser HD598
- AT A700
(I'm willing to consider something up to $500 if it is that much better for what I want to do. Like is the D5000 really miles ahead of the D2000?)
- Bass as good or better as the M50
- Decent-excellent soundstage (better than M50)
- Comfortable (I realize this is subjective, but there has to be some common ground somewhere)
- Closed if possible
I understand that the only really closed set is the D2000, though I would want to keep the 701's in mind for gaming.
I know it is going to be rare to find someone who has tried all of these. Truth be told, I am leaning towards the D2000's but they have increased to $350 as of late, and I don't know if that price is justified. Also, I will only buy new, so no need to mention that the D2000's can be had for $200 used.
Final note: I will be using an Asus Xonar Essence STX to power any of the headphones I choose.
What do you guys think?
Edited by nStyle - 1/22/12 at 6:29pm