Long time reader first time poster here, so here's my dilemma. I've been researching a lot the last few weeks for a new closed back headphone for listening mainly at home, for now un-amped. The on-board soundcard on my laptop actually does pretty well so im not to hard pressed to run out and buy an amp right this second, but i will in the near future. So I listen to about 80 percent metal, meshuggah, decapitated, btbam, gojira and such...and alot of rock/grunge/alternative...soundgarden,pearl jam, radiohead,dredg, alice in chains. I dont listen to any rap/hip hop or dub step. I currently have a set of modded grado sr80i's that I absolutely love, but they leak so much that I cant listen to them without my wife hearing music from 40 feet away. So im looking for a set of closed cans that will offer decent sound isolation without being noise cancelling and a different sound than grado gives. Ive heard audio technicas lower end m30s and I like the neutral sound of them but i havnt heard beyers or ultrasones. My concern with the beyers is their bass heavy nature just wont work for fast paced metal. The m50s sound good on paper but ive read their midrange is lacking. Im leaning more toward the ultrasones but just cant make up my mind here... budget is around 170 usd. Any other suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
Oh and just to throw this in, almost all of my music is FLAC ALAC or high quality otherwise, no low bitrate mp3s. Also, for some reason or another, I just dont want sennheisers, from everything ive read they just dont sound like my cup of tea. Maybe adding Shure 840s as a possibility though.
Edited by hemipowered007 - 9/8/12 at 3:57pm