I am currently looking to upgrade to either the JVC HA-FX700 or the Monster Miles Davis Tribute. I currently own both the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 and the Shure SE-210. The problem I have with my current headphones is that the Shures sound boring to me and are lacking in quality, while the M50 piss off my industrial piercing whenever I wear them for more than half an hour. I am making a leap of faith and assuming that part of why I find the Shures boring is that they have a balanced armature, so I want something with a dynamic driver.
Firstly I would like to know if either the FX700 or MMDT will be an upgrade over my M50.
I am currently leaning more towards the JVC because their open back design intrigues me, and they seem to be the better headphone for my means. I am not a bass fiend, but given the range of music I listen to, good bass is a must. My BLUEBOX M50 seems to be close to what I would like bass wise, although I would not mind a bit more clarity or slightly less quantity than they provide. Sound quality is a big must to me, I would also prefer something that sounds more real/natural, good instrument separation, and a decent sized sound stage.
The range of music I listen to is mostly (with youtube links):
Although the FX700 seems to be everything I want, The MMDT is rather enticing with its lifetime warranty and that It's on sale right now for $150 on monster cables website. I don't know If I can warrant spending twice as much on the FX700. Also note that I may eventually make a cmoy amp or buy one of those cheep fiio's, but assume that these will be used without an amp.
EDIT: the idea of MMDT having slightly more forward mids is appealing to me because I find the mids in my ath-m50 to be a bit recessed
Please help me head-fi
Edited by nullPointerException - 2/29/12 at 6:44pm