I have been trying several different headphones, but still have yet to find one I like. I started with the ATH-M50s. I loved the sound, but the comfort was an issue. It had too much clamping force, and not enough ventilation to prevent sweat, and the pressure was too much.
I then tried the V-Moda M80. I thought I wanted an on-ear to avoid the pressure/sweat issue. But the headband was too tight against the top of my head. I also found the sound while good on some tracks, especially for bass, tended to muddle the mids, to the point that I was loosing the guitars on a number of classic rock tracks.
I tried the HD-25-II. I loved the sound of that one, even more than the ATH-M50s. But the clamping was way too much.
I was considering the Senny 598, but I heard they have absolutely no bass.
I am thinking of going back to an over-ear model. I was researching the DT770(80 ohm). How does that compare sound wise to the 25-1-II and the ATH-M50? From Mad Lust Envy's gaming thread, it appears to be a favored model for gaming (I probably would only be doing stereo gaming for now as I only have the onboard sound card that lacks the Dolby Live encoding to support Dolby Headphone amps like MixAmp). I am more looking for an immersive experience rather than competitive spacial needs.
I also want to use this for music listening and for sound editing in video editing applications. Would it sound okay driven occasionally just by my smartphone?
I heard that these are preferably driven by an amp. Do they sound bad coming off a desktop onboard soundcard? If so, I do have the desktop tied into an older Yamaha 290 watt amplifier with the following rating on the headphone jack: Headphones Jack Rated Output/Impedance 8 ohms, 1 kHz, 0.01% THD 0.6 V390 ohms. Would that drive the headphones better?
Edited by livngston - 8/19/12 at 5:27pm