Originally Posted by saclet
Hello guys, I'm newbie in audiophile. I got my cowon J3 few months ago then I ordered Ultrasone Pro 900 to replace my old ear bud. But then I realize that I can't bring Pro 900 with me because it's case big and I can't use the headphone for more than an hour because it's hot and heavy.
So I decided to sell Pro 900, but I still thinking about which will be the best portable headphone for Cowon J3. I mean on-ear, not in-ear or full size. I only have enough budget to order one of three headphone as DT 1350, T50p and Sennheiser Amperior.
So can someone tell me which one will work best on Cowon J3 without AMP? Things turned out like I don't like too much treble, it make me sick. And because I own Pro 900 so I love bass although I know all of the three headphone above can't provide bass as good as Pro 900.
And last question is which one will be the best with Cowon J3 with AMP.
Probably my answer is insufficient for you, but I have a D2 and D3 at home (I believe there are great sound similarities between D3 and J3). To me the combination DT1350 and Cowon is too dry. How can I put this. The DT1350 has a "inconsistant" bass. Sometimes I have the feeling it is there, deep and good, almost "bass-head". Other times I have the feeling the lows are very shy. Through time I learnd that one needs a portable amp, sometimes some EQing and a quiet listening environment for the DT1350 lows. (except of the lows, this is nearly the best headphone in my collection) I often travel by train and listen to the DT1350, then I have to focus on the base to hear it, but it is there.
The dryness is the reason why I never use the DT1350 with Cowons.
However I still want to answer your question. There are 3 possibilities from my point of view.
The best portable headphone in thiscase is the Audio Technica ES10 from any source, except from my vintage Philips CDP. The ES10 moistures the dryness of the Cowons greatly.
Nearly as good as the ES10, a little bit on the dark side, the ESW9. Also great bass and mids +soft highs. It is also much cheaper thatn the ES10.
To me the best solution with a Cowon are the IE8 from Sennheiser, but it is a IEM. Maybe this is not what you want.