I am as the title says, looking for the "perfect" headphone for me. been reading a lot but I think the opinions are too different to make any sense of it right now. making this thread in hope of it being a bit easier to understand.
I've been listening to (and owning) a lot of headphones, but I can't seem to be happy with any pair of full size ones.
anyhow, what I am looking for is basically a pair with nice sound stage and instrument separation, nice punchy bass - though I don't care if the quantity is on the lower side. quality over quantity here.
top priority: NICE and kind of forward midrange-upper midrange. I want it to be quite detailed but not harsh.
the treble should be nice and detailed, but definitely not harsh.
and "fast" sound, if that makes any sense.
comfort is also something I value highly.
Will be using an AMB M^3 with Sigma11 power supply, and my AMB Gamma2 DIY DAC.
to make it easier understanding what I think of harsh and right amount of bass etc. here are some examples of the more higher end headphones I've heard:
(* = used with my DIY AMB CK2-3 solid state amplifier and AMB Gamma2 DIY DAC)
*HD600: bit too loose bass, too tame treble. I guess the midrange is not too bad, but not "clear" enough for my liking
*HD650: same as above, bit better IMO but not by a lot. both the old version and the new silver mesh version.
HD800: I don't remember these that well, listened to them in a loud store a few years ago. impressive sound stage, but I think I found the midrange to be a bit withdrawn. might have been the setting for it so please give me your opinions on it
*K601: bit too harsh treble if I remember correctly, and the bass was almost a bit TOO shy.
*K701: like above, but nicer bass.
HE-500: midrange a bit too withdrawn, bit too "warm". sound stage not the best. great sounding but not *quite* what I am looking for.
HE-400: like above, but I think maybe less warm and less detailed? believe I like the HE-500 better... midrange is not quite the same. listened to these and HE-500 with the HiFiMan EF5 amplifier and my iPod as source.
*HE-4: really good bass, great treble, but way too withdrawn midrange for my taste.
*ATH-AD700: nice sound stage, not bad midrange, quite nice treble from what I can remember. few years back now...
*ATH-ESW9: sweet midrange! but soo lacking detail and bass way too boom-y. treble is too boring. sound stage frankly is just bad.
*ATH-ESW10: these improve on all points of the ESW9. really nice midrange. I found them a bit too uncomfortable though. really liked the sound. could have been more "refined" and better sound stage though.
also currently own the ATH-CK100 IEM's, and find these to be just right in terms of sound signature. so in case anyone knows these, and happen to know a pair of full size with similar sound, that would be awesome.
*DT880 600Ohm: quite nice bass, bit too "slow" (?) and way too recessed mids. treble got a bit harsh at times. cool sound stage if I remember correctly.
DT770 80Ohm: just horrible. everything I don't want in a headphone, right here.
those are just some examples, I've heard and owned a lot of headphones but I think I narrowed it down to some of the more well-known ones on here.
I hope I'm not too confusing. I don't have the best memory so some things might be a bit off from what I would think if I re-listened to headphones.
I don't know where to look any more. I've read that the LCD-2/3 are slow. STAX I would have to save up quite a bit more for (new amp AND headphones) but I'm willing to listen to suggestions.
Edited by munchzilla - 7/21/12 at 11:35pm