I have been a long time reader of the Head-Fi forums and joined a few months ago to PM some people for advice. I am in the market for two new sets of headphones, one open and one closed. I currently own the Audio Technica AD900, Brainwavz HM5, and Ultrasone HFI-780. Of those, the AD900 is my favorite because of the soundstage and sweet mids. The HM5 is my go to when I want a solid, neutral sound. The HFI-780 is sort of my "fun" can for when I want some more bass and am not after a neutral sound. I also tried out the ATH-M50 for a few weeks, but decided I enjoyed the HFI-780 more so I kept those instead of the M50.
I will mostly be using a PC connected to an ODAC DAC and a C421 (OPA2227) amp, but will also be using a 5th gen iPod video connected to the C421 via LOD. I plan on picking up an ODA (updated version of O2 amp) when it is released (hopefully) this fall for use with my PC.
I listen to a a few different genres with artists including U2, Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty, Blink-182, Taylor Swift (don't judge), Eminem, Foo Fighters, Kansas, Linkin Park, Rush, and Pink Floyd. Mostly Rock and Alternative with a few others thrown in. I listen almost exclusively to FLAC sources. I have sort of narrowed it down to a few different open and closed headphones, but am open to other suggestions as long as they are roughly within the same price range. As mentioned, I am looking to purchase one open and one closed can.
Here are the few I have sort of narrowed it down to within each category.
Beyerdynamic DT880 Premium
Beyerdynamic DT990 Premium (Not Pro)
Ultrasone Pro 2900
Audio Technica ATH-A900X
Ultrasone Pro 550
Ultrasone Pro 750
Ultrasone Pro 900
The Ultrasone Pro headphones are the ones I am least familiar with, but did not want to exclude them because I have heard some good things about them, it was just hard finding a comparison between all the various models and also how they compare to the other headphones I mentioned. Any input is welcome and highly appreciated. Thank you very much!
Edited by ddcpitt - 6/26/12 at 9:08pm