I'm looking for something to replace my Beyer T1s and am hoping for some advice. The T1s are very transparent and detailed which I generally like but I have personally found them a bit bright and a bit distant. I'm looking for something with a fuller sound that's also more engaging and intimate. After my experience with the T1s, I'm not so concerned about it being perfectly neutral or balanced; I just want something enjoyable to listen to. I listen mostly to indie rock, post rock, electro/synthpop and ambient, with a bit of hip-hop and electronic on the side. Not so worried about classical, jazz, classic rock or that kind of thing.
My previous headphones have all been fairly bright -- K701, MS2i, AD700, ER4S. Maybe I'm just getting tired of that kind of sound. I recently bought a pair of Beyer DT250s and while they're obviously less technically competent than the T1s and have their own problems, I'm finding them much more enjoyable to listen to and I'm not getting the kind of harshness and fatigue I'd get with the other headphones. I almost enjoy the narrower soundstage, though the DT250s sometimes sound a bit congested and I get some distortion in the bass.
The alternatives I'm looking at currently are the LCD2, HiFiMan HE400/500 (HE6 is probably too hard to drive), the Alessandro MS-Pro (similar to the Grado RS1 I think) and possibly the AT W3000ANV, though any other suggestions would be appreciated. Doesn't matter whether it's open or closed except insofar as that affects the sound. Electrostats and the LCD3 are above my budget unfortunately -- let's say a max of $1500 AUD, preferably less.
I'm running off a Talisman T33H (solid-state class A amp: http://www.talisman-audio.com/products/headphone/t33h.html), a Cambridge Dacmagic and AudioGD Digital Interface, and I don't intend to replace any of those at this stage.
Any impressions and advice would be greatly appreciated!
Edited by LogicalDisconnect - 8/11/12 at 4:37pm