Hi everyone. Up to this point I had been in the recommendations thread, but I was hoping to broaden the audience potentially and get some more opinions, because the situation is starting to drive me mad
Over the past two weeks, I have been racking my brain trying to decide what closed, over-the-ear can to get. I had the beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro, and liked them quite a bit, but ultimately (being open) they did not work well for my office, where I planned on listening to them for 3-5 hours daily, and I also had concerns that - even though I enjoyed them - I was just putting them to waste driving them unamped from my Android phone. That's when I returned them and began my search for a closed can that I could drive more reasonably.
In retrospect, I also wouldn't mind less recessed mids. Overall I do not think I want a completely flat sound, as I am a music listener only and do tend to like a little oomph to the bass and some fun highs, but the mids seemed especially recessed on the 990s and I've read that on various forums around the net as well. There's a healthy mix of indie and folk rock in my rotation and I want to hear more detail there. I know "best of both worlds" is a pie in the sky, but I wouldn't mind some better mids even if it means sacrificing some bass.
I've been having a hard time making a final decision. I've been all over the place. Looked at the DT 770 Pro 80ohm, Brainwavz HM5, Shure SRH 840, update to the 940?, Ultrasone 750, ATH M50, ATH A900, AKG 271 MKII, AKG 550. I ideally don't want to go up to $250 as it's the top of my budget, but I'd do it if that was the no-brainer pair for me.
It's killing me not being able to decide, and was hoping to look for some more input. Is it best to just move 'laterally' and pick up the DT 770 Pro 80ohm, and drive them from my phone as best as I can when at work? I presume they would drive better than the 250ohm pair that I was using before. I have read that they have good soundstage for a closed set. How does the bass and the mids compare to the 990? Or is there a better option right in front of my eyes?
I appreciate any help.
TL;DR: I need a new closed set of cans under $250, preferably under $200. I had 990 250ohms and liked them, but couldn't drive them well off my phone and was hoping for a bit more mid, and open doesn't work for me anymore.