I found an authorized seller for 1050$ from the US which included shipping to my place here in Canada and they would declare the package lower to avoid massive amounts of duties.
Today, I stumbled upon a thread all about direct comparisons between the ED8 and Beyer T5p and I'd say the majority (not by many) said they would give the overall edge to the T5p which made me take a step back and consider both.
After poking around and asking, I found a place in Canada that would be willing to do the T5p for 1000$ shipped to my place.
My first question, is the store "planetofsoundonline.com" trustworthy? They seem to have very little business so I would probably be making the biggest purchase of the year for them, lol, but web of trust listed them as trustworthy. Other than that, reviews are very limited so I was wondering if anybody has had experience with them. They have a phone number listed, answer their emails and have an address listed and the whois says they've been around for a few years.
So basically my 2 headphone choices would be roughly the same price (1000$).
The main purpose of the headphones would be for portable AND HOME use. Though since I'm out and about traveling between school and home 5 times a week (which is 1.5 hours each way) as well as general traveling on the weekends, I have to be able to use them while walking, on the bus, metro, train or plane. Also since I'm at school from 8am to 6pm almost every day of the week, I need isolating headphones that I can use in the library, bus, etc. I can't be using grados that everyone in the entire library can hear xP
I currently do not have an amp or external DAC, only my iPhone to power the headphones for now. That's not to say that I won't consider a DAC in the future, just that I'm already stretching my budget to get the headphones and another piece will not be considered for another few months after my headphone purchase.
In terms of previous headphones that I've tried/had...
I had the Bowers and Wilkins P5 which I enjoyed a fair amount (I had them burned in and applied earpad mods). My main downside with them was with the bass being quite lacking... Even after burn in and equalizers. While the bass was fine for a good portion of my music collection, obviously the weaker bass did not fare well when I tried playing dubstep or electronica, etc.
I also enjoyed listening to the D5000 overall a lot more than the D2000 which I did not seem to like much (the mids/vocals sounded poor to me) .My main concern with the T5p is also the bass. From what I hear the T5p does not have very strong bass while the ED8 has overly strong bass. Though, the ED8 are often said to be very colored, which is fine with me but might not match a good portion of my music collection. On the other hand, the T5p is "cleaner", etc, but just lacks that bass. Would the T5p + Zo2 be a good option? Just throw the Zo2 in when I want to listen to some more bassy music and remove it for the songs that don't need it? I'm afraid the ED8 will not be colored the way I like it considering all the hit and miss reviews (such as the 2 reviews present here on head-fi, one of 3 star overall and one of 5 star overall).
I will not have the chance to audition either of these...
I found someone in montreal (here where I live) that has the ED8 but he has not responded to let me audition. As for the T5p, I don't even know if anyone in montreal has them...
Thanks for any help / suggestions.
I'd preferably want to order them tomorrow with a rush shipping to get them before my plane trip Monday night =) So I kinda need quick responses