Edited by URHYNS - 9/19/12 at 8:31pm
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Edited by URHYNS - 9/19/12 at 8:31pm
The K550 would suit your needs, if you can get a good seal with it. If you can get a good seal, it's a good headphone for what you're after. If you cannot get a good seal, it's going to sound anemic and thin. I would avoid Ultrasone at this point since you don't want to bleed out mids, and Ultrasones just are all quite bright and the mids recessed in general (in relation to the bass being bumped up quite a bit). If you do want to try Ultrasone, consider the PRO750 instead of the 900; the 750 has a less "V" approach, and you can get it in black/grey (not that silly blue).
Other headphones to consider:
Brainwavz HM5 (or Fischer Audio FA003, NVX too, Lindy Premium; all the same). Think K550, but less expensive, and bigger deeper cups, a bit more bulky, and no issues with sealing. Great extension, clear, crisp, clean audio, not boomy, but not thin either.
Beyer DT770. Supreme comfort, great isolation, good extension, not overly bassy, but not thin either, good clean sound. Will want to amplify this one.
Shure SRH840. Good neutral headphone with great extension and good passive isolation.
No. The headphone was made efficient. If you add an amplifier to it, it will get louder in general, but not really "bassier." However, if you add a Fiio product like the E11, it has a bass enhancement EQ that works very well, and you can use that to add serious bass to any headphone, regardless of amplifying it.
Mal, Thank you very much.
My next gripe is whether to wait for the K551... I like the idea of a shorter cable and inline control/mic, but I'm sure their price will be well higher than the current k550's...
I think I might bite the bullet and give them a go. I haven't got a large head. Apparently, you can actually adjust the fit, as explained by CantScareMe's review: seen here http://www.head-fi.org/t/588230/akg-k550-vs-some-others-denon-d2000-akg-k271-ultrasone-edition-8-shure-940-shure-840-beyer-dt770
"Out of all of these headphones, the k550 is very unique in one aspect. The clamp is adjustable. Yes, I'll say that again. Without any mods at all, the completely new out of the box akg k550 allows, by design, for us to adjust the clamping force the headphone exerts on our heads.
How and why?
This is simple. You see the actual earcups can be moved in both the up/down and right/left directions (read below) BUT each 'change' you make to the inclination of the pads require application of actual force- using your hands. This is especially true for the up/down movement. Unlike other headphones where the cups are attached to a loose swivel hinges, these won't change shape once on your head as the force required to make this change, to make the earcups move, is far greater than the outward (normal) force that your head can provide- so there is no movement.
All this is largely independant of how you use the headphones left and right size meter (how big your head is!). 3 clicks on either side or 5, you can still change the clamp of the headphone by moving the earcups."
Not 100% sure how to do it, but I guess I'll take his word for it and I'll figure it out.
I'm starting to sound like a broken record lately but.............. SRH840
I haven't heard the K550s but out of the AKGs I've tried (I loved all of them), none of them really seemed to be right for modern dancey electronica. Old Kraftwerk type stuff, yes, but modern thumping bass tracks? That's really not their niche.
They're big, but they're some of the most attractive looking headphones out there in my opinion. So sleek. So classy. I don't think they will look silly.
Here's an example of how they look on a real head: