It has been a few weeks now that I have been looking for new headphones.
I am hesitating between the AKG K550 and the Shure SHR-840. I am not an audiophile at all and that is the reason why I hope you guys can help me choosing the ones that fit better to me.
I mostly listen to rock music (especially/only progressive rock), but also to piano, jazz and classical (but it is more uncommon). I am also attached to electronic music (artists like Air, Tycho, Boards of Canada) and electronica/trance (this genre is not really my first priority). At least, a very few pop music.
About headphones themselves. I am expecting to use them during long time periods (basically hours), that is why the more comfortable they are, the better it is! Tired of breaking my old in-ear headphones, I am also looking for a detachable (good point for the Shure) or at least a strong cable (hope the AKG have one, could you confirm that?). A high depth sensation would definitively be a plus. There has to be at least a little isolation (not necessarily an incredible one though). I am not attached to mobility (just want a strong product that works for 3 to 5 years at least).
A few questions about these
- (again), what about the AGK's cable solidity?
- do they need an amp? If so, could you indicate me some (it also has to be a DAC, it is important!), whether portable or desktop ones for less than $150/200?
Obviously, I may have missed other interesting headphones and if it is the case, please let me know your opinion (I also have been hesitating between Focal Spirit One, Audio Technica ATH-M50, AGK 271 MKII...)
Thanks in advance and sorry for my English, hope you well understood overall.
(I have read another topic where almost the same question was asked. But the poster did care about bass, which I don't especially)
Edited by Weirstrass - 6/18/12 at 11:59am