So I'm in the market for a new set of headphones. I've searched the net and read probably thousands of reviews on this site over the last few hours and am still having difficulty coming to a decision.
First up, my background:
- I am a semi-pro composer for film, games, media etc. I'd like to do some mixing on the headphones, but prefer to use my KRK RP6 G2 monitors (this should show you I'm not loaded with Hans Zimmer's set up. I do, however, adore my Rokits).
- However, I will also use the phones to play guitar, listen to music, watch movies, play games etc at night. As a result, I'm not sure something totally neutral is right for me - I could always get the basic mix together and then touch up any bass using my monitors.
I was looking at the Shure 940's initially, then was swayed to the Sennheiser HD650s (the absolute limit of my budget). I was set on them, but then read that through an iPhone they are pitiful. While I'll use my in-ear Sennheisers out and about most of the time, sometimes I watch a film on my iPad or listen to some music while away from my computer. This has pulled me away from the 650's as apparently the iphone/ipad is not enough to drive them.
At my computer, my audio interface is a MOTU Traveller, and my headphones would be going through that - it's got tonnes of power but I'm sure the amp is not comparable to what you guys are mostly using!
The 650's seem perfect in every other way - a bit more of a pronounced bass, so for the many soundtracks and metal songs I'll be listening too, as well as games/films, there is a little bit of power while preserving a decent amount of neutrality to not go off the rails too much for mixing. I'm wondering if it is worth 'unconsidering' them over the iphone/ipad issue. I'd prefer them to be closed, but mainly because of public listening. If I can't use em with an iphone/ipad though, this wouldn't be happening so it becomes a non issue.
I was hoping to gather your thoughts on the whole thing - perhaps there are some other can's I've not considered? I started my journey by looking at the Shure 840s on recommendations, move up to the 940's, then onto the 650s. I've briefly looked at lots of other brands but the 650's seem to get great praise.
Any and all advice greatly appreciated!