This is my third time staying up all night in less than 8 days.
Question to All:
I've been neglecting the full-sized side of things for a while; I don't have the luxury of quiet time, nor to leak sound, as I live with three other people in close proximity. However, from time to time, I get some good ear time in with my HD598, and like most people know, it really is an ideal headphone from the aspect of easy driveability, flat response with a tiny bit of upper mid emphasis, and big soundstage. I keep thinking about what I can go with next, though, when I do eventually get my own place with enough space to stash an actual amp.
Those who have been around the thread for a while are probably familiar with my listening tendencies, at least in the IEM realm. I like a very neutral response with the very slightest hint of crisp edginess. Lately, I've seen myself eschewing the peakier earphones for ones that are smoother in response, but still very detailed and revealing. In this sense, the HD598 has been an ideal headphone for me --- I keep thinking of which headphone would give me an extra step of refinement, as lately I've noticed some of its less refined aspects in the bass and treble regions. For example, the HD650 is a better headphone, and I respect it quite a bit, but it doesn't have the signature I want. The HD800 is king of the land, but runs the risk of sounding detached when not paired with the right amp. I haven't heard any of the Hifimans, but their ergonomics worry me, though the HE-500 seems nice. I'd love a STAX Omega, but I'd like to keep my kidneys. Any other suggestions?
I remember Obobs used to talk about the Koss ESP-950 a lot. I know it's under 1K for the headphone + transformer, but I have zero idea how it sounds. Maybe that's worth looking into.