Ive been on Head-fi for a while now and done a fair amount of research and reading. I am currently looking at purchasing a second pair of headphones around the intro audiophile price range. Ive looked up some of the classics recommendation and have contemplating the following with my current understanding of each...
*please note that I have never sampled any of these and understand only by reading*
AKG K701- Amazing open soundstage, very comfortable (except headband for some), extended highs and mids reproduced well. "quick" and "tight" bass but shy on impact.
AKG Q701- Pretty much same sonic capabilities off K701 with slightly different sound signature and styling (i like the green accent on white)
Denon AH D2000- Good soundstage (not as good as beyer or akg), slightly recessed mids and slight *sibilance* with stock cups. powerful sub bass and impact.
Beyerdynamic DT880- Also a great soundstage, slight "V" tuning with extended highs and
Grado 325i - "agressive" grado sound, punchy bass, overall good can. * cant remember too much*
Allesandro MS2- all i know is that it has similar qualities as the Grado Line and a popular choice
Ultrasone Pro 750 - extended highs, sometimes *overpowering* bass and somewhat "unnatural" soundstage by S-logic technology
Regardless of critiques on what i said about my very "rookie" description i need help choosing a new can so now about me and what im looking for...
I like a bit of everything besides country and extremely hard Metal. Im looking for a relatively "flat" eq'd can but has
- accurate musical reproduction
- good open soundstage
- Extended Sub bass and impact over mid bass
- relatively flat Eq and versatile for multiple genres (i know not any one headphone will be "the best" but what can work with other genres)
- clear treble and mids
- Good instrumental seperation
- Aesthetics ( not soo much "swag" but artist. I really like woodies on denon, grados and the look of the AKG's)
- Forgiving enough for Oldies recording and 60’s Soul and Blues
Gospel R&B- J.moss “abundantly”
Funk – The Gap Band “Early in the Morning”
Drum and Bass- Swedish house Mafia “one”
HipHop- Lecrae “walk with me”
Soul- Junior Walker and The All Stars “Shotgun”
Alternative –Foo Fighters “Best of You”
Salsa/Timba – Calle Real “El Anillo”
Metal- As I lay Dying “Confined”
Too numerous to list but I mostly listen to rock, R&B, HipHop, Gospel oldies and Soul plus whats listed.
Ill be playing through an Ipod Classic 7th gen 160GB using a FiiO E7 and will eventually want to get the E17 Alpen.
Thank you Those of you who read this entire thing to help, I love Headfi and the community. Thanks Guys!
Edited by cali_afroman - 9/28/12 at 9:27pm