I'm looking to get some closed back headphones for my work, where I sit next to someone in a small office and the HD650s I have are no longer appropriate. I have come to love the HD650s (when amped) and have tried IEMs (tried UEs, Shures and W4s), but just can't listen for hours to them because I hate sticking things in my ears. At any rate, the things I've discovered about what I like about the 650s are:
- Sonically easy to listen to. The best I can describe it, is that my ears feel like they are "relaxing" when I listen to them. All kinds of details, but no harshness.
- Firm, but not "boomy" bass
- Cloth pads - I find that the leather pads just make my ears sweat and get hot
I'm going to be listening to these for many hours each day, so I'm more than happy to get headphones in the $3-600 range (above that and it will eat into my savings for HD7/800s or equiv). I grabbed a pair of AKG K550s and don't really enjoy them, I find that their bass seems . I also have a pair of the PXC 450s, which are great noise canceling headphones, but aren't quite up to snuff for plain audio and have the "hot ears" problem.
Tried and didn't like:
- AKG K550 - boomy bass
- ATH-W1000x - Ear cups were too small for my ears.
- PXC 450s - audio quality not as good & non-cloth pads.
Some that I've seen that look interesting are:
- Beyerdynamic T70/T90, DT250
- Wait for the Denon D600, though I have no idea what it's sonic characteristics will be yet.
- HD439/HD449 - I'm thinking that they won't be in the same league
- Senn Amperior - I'm guessing that since they are "on ear" they won't be as comfortable for extended periods of listening.
Focal Spirit Ones
fischer audio fa-003
Kenwood KH K1000
Below the line (probably not a good fit)
- Ultrascone Pro 900
- Beyerdynamic T70/T90 & DT770
- Denon d5000
I'd love to have any feedback/suggestions.
Edited by greenkiwi - 6/19/12 at 9:24am