Hello, this is my first post on Head-fi. I am here because I love music, I listen to it for hours every day on MOG. I am looking for headphone that will offer a "one and done" solution for listening. I currently own Seinnheiser HD202. I must admit they sound OK, but I want something very realistic, with a splash of color.
The qualities I am looking foremost is clarity, and then quality bass. I don't want anything with over-hyped treble that would produce sibilance. My favorite songs to test headphones are Digital Bath by Deftones, Spaceship Landing by Kyuss, Son Song by Soulfly, Soul meets Body by Death Cab for Cutie, She Will by Li'l Wayne and I said by Deadmau5.
What I want
I will exclusively listen to the headphones thru my computer via Asus Xonar DG sound card.
These are for music listening primarily, gaming and movies a far second. Not used for creating music in any way.
I prefer a full sized closed headphone
I want emphasis on clarity and accuracy with some coloring of sound. A happy medium between sterile sound and a V shaped sound
I want to be able to hear each instrument and vocal clearly and separately
What I listen to
Rock/alternative (Deftones, Oasis, Kyuss, Brand New, Weezer, Foo Fighters, White Stripes, Black Keys)
Techno (Deadmau5, Chemical Brothers, Skrillex, Daft Punk)
Pop/Hip Hop (The Roots, Lil Wayne, Top 40)
I don't listen to country, jazz, or classical enough to want to include them in my consideration
Headphones I have tried
Grado 80 - I liked the sound, but I don't think it matches with my mission to find a "one and done" headphone. I would like something closed back and more substantial feeling.
AKG - This is a tough one because I don't remember the exact model, it was Q something, about $300. These had amazing detail, but sounded thin for my taste. It's a shame because I would sacrifice some of the neutrality and clarity for a fuller up-front sound. I could take these, but ideally I want a little more "fun" factor. Emphasis on little bit more.
V-Moda LP - I really thought I would like these, but they were easily the worst of the high end headphones for my taste. They had a very pronounced, and to me, muddy bass. The treble was also very pronounced and sibilant, which annoyed me more than the bass.
Audio Technica ATH-M30 - My brother got a set of these, and to me they are a step up in pretty much every regard to my current Seinnheiser HD 202s. To me they sounded very good, the mids seemed more forward, which I liked. The bass was also better. They sounded all around more forward and clear to me. I really wanted a chance to try the M-50's, but I can't find a retailer that has them within an hour drive.
Seinnheiser HD 202 - My current pair of headphones. They are somewhat uncomfortable for extended use, but not so much that I stop using them. For me, they have both good and bad qualities. They are relaxed sounding, smooth. Not a bad thing, but I am looking for something more analytical. The bass is OK but not defined.
What I'm willing to pay -
I want to come in well under $200 but I am patient, as I am going to ask for these for Christmas from my wife, so factor in Black Friday sales prices, and everything in between. Ideally they would not exceed $170, but if that extra $30 makes a HUGE difference I would be willing to look at $200 absolute maximum sale price.
I do have a few hopefuls in mind that I wasn't able to test, but I won't include them yet because I don't want my input to sway the advice.
Thanks in advance for the help, and if there is any more information that would help I will be happy to answer.
Edited by morijinal - 9/27/12 at 8:19am