I feel as if my journey is coming to a close of figuring out what my personal preferences is for headphone audio!! I have come to realize that I prefer the airy sound of open backed hps. I have been listening to the Ultrasone PRO 900 the past week or so, and I seem to prefer the AD900x even straight out of the box. While I like good bass, I am in no means a basshead - and I am not very sensitive to brighter highs and enjoy the brighter sound. These were things I was unable to identify about myself just a few months ago. I do realize that these preferences may change over time, but at least I know the starting point.
Its funny, the first set of "audiophile" headphones I tried were the AD700's and loved the open feel and large sound stage....but it led me on an adventure to find a better bass headphone. As I tried many other headphones my mind kept going back to the AD700 sound stage. So, my bass crave eventually led me to the Ultrasone PRO 900. Now I'm back to an "upgraded" AD700 with the AD900x.
I liked reading this. I think I'm close to being in the same boat as you. It started with the AD700. I've gone through several cans of varying signatures. I've come back to wanting an "über AD700". Balanced, but detailed and sparkly is how I'd describe my tastes now. I felt like my journey was going to take me to the AD900X or AD1000X, but I could pass up a great deal on a K702 Annie this week, so now I'm going to be pushing back any other purchase for a while. I still see an AD1000X and HE-500 in my future.
Edited by roguegeek - 4/12/13 at 1:30am