I am looking for a little advice really on my first pair of expensive headphones. I currently own CAL!, XB500 and D1100. Out of those I like the D110 with a little EQ the best. The reasons being that I like the non fatiguing sound signature, and the extreme comfort I get from them. I dislike the XB500's because to me they sound cheap and unnatural, even with EQ I find them very fatiguing and almost boring I know those two don't really go together but I find that my hearing and ears are hurting my head feels enclosed and it doesn't really bring the music alive. The CAL! I find just a little boring, like they don't do anything well enough for me to notice the music and they are also not very comfortable for the length of time that I wear them for. I tried EQing the CAL! but ended up with distortion so these are now the wife's for the laptop and itunes and the XB500 are a paper weight as I can get 99% of the impact and sub bass from the D1100 but with much more sparkle and aliveness(is that a word?) to the music/game.
I EQ the D1100 to give it a little boost in the sub bass but take away the mid and upper bass, give it more mid/upper mids and more treble. It looks like a Nike tick :P
So now you know the sound I like the headphones I am looking to get to upgrade are probably the HD650. I want open back headphones and I want them to be very comfy. Would these be a good upgrade to the D1100. I am also looking at the HE400 but I believe the comfort on these may be an issue for me. Someone suggested the DT990 to me, but I prefer sub bass to a mid bass impact. Basically my Grandpa had a Bang&Olufson system that we used to listen to and it had a floor sub. The bass from it didn't blow your head off but it was just kind of there and you could hear it all. Natural I think is the correct term. Like a very soft kind of expensive bass that winks at you and knows you know it's there, it doesn't need to boast :D
I currently only have a Creative Recon3D sound card which has a 600ohm headphone amp on it, but that is going soon to make way for an external DAC and amp seperates. Probably a Fire Pheonix for now and a Bravo Audio Ocean amp or a Maverick Audio D1. I will probably use onboard as the audio processor unless anyone thinks there is much to gain in keeping the Recon just for the processing...
Sorry for the head blag I am fairly new to all this stuff.... love the site though!