So after using my Sennheiser IE80 iems for a while i've decided to sell them off because of discomfort issues. I haven't sold them yet but they will be in the For Sale section soon if anyone's interested.
Anyway this is a big disappointment to me because the IE80s offer everything i ever wanted in a headphone. Excellent bass, nice mids with great vocals and treble which is never harsh (even with my bright music). I am using a Fiio E17 which isn't high end, but deals with the IE80s spectacularly. I was prepared to stick with this setup until i have enough money to purchase an LCD2 and V200 but it's become obvious to me that i wont be able to wait till then. Maybe it's because my ear shape, but the Senns cause me headaches with prolonged usage so they must go.
Im looking to replace them with a full sized headphone with major importance in COMFORT. I can't stand the idea of fatigue when listening to music, seeing as the music is supposed to have the opposite effect. So im looking for comfortable headphones that cover the ear, not sit on top of the ear. In terms of sound, i wouldn't mind them sounding exactly like the IE80. In other words a fair amount of quality bass, smooth mids and never harsh treble. Detail resolution should be good but this isn't too important and they should have a good soundstage. It doesn't matter whether they're open or closed headphones. Hopefully there exists a headphone like this in the 300$ price range but im willing to go a little higher if need be. To summarize in bullet points:
- Open or Closed, doesn't matter
- Good bass, not boomy
- Smooth forward mids
- Never harsh treble (i can't stress this enough)
- Decent detail resolution
- Nice soundstage, but not huge
- Should be driveable by the Fiio E17 (since i don't plan on upgrading my amp just yet)
My music collection consists of almost every genre there is excluding classical and jazz, plenty of it modern music. Drum n Bass, dubstep, some hip hop, pop, dance, and recently im enjoying rock quite a bit. So they don't have the best mastering but i dont think the mid-fi setup that im striving for here will be too resolving so maybe that wont matter.
I've had my eyes on a few Beyerdynamics but suggestions are very welcome.