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Headphones or IEMs with VERY forward midrange

post #1 of 19
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Hey guys, I'm looking for a pair of headphones or IEMS that have a VERY forward and outgoing midrange that justs rips through your ears. It has to sound good for acoustics too. I listen to the Piano Guys a lot, and I really love Carol of the Bells.

post #2 of 19
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^I forgot to mention, I'm looking for a crisp and punchy midrange, but not too dry or piercing.

post #3 of 19
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I basically want a pair of headphones with good bass and treble along with as agressive as possible mids. 

post #4 of 19

An EQ would do some good.

post #5 of 19

Check out any of the Grado or Alessandro lineup, aggressive mids galore!

post #6 of 19

RE262s, one of the best forward midrange I have ever heard on either headphones or IEMS.

post #7 of 19
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I actually have a budget of around $2000. Right now I'm thinking of maybe getting the PS100s and a warm sounding PORTABLE tube amp (I might actually taking these places). How would that work out?

post #8 of 19

The PS1000s have a V-shaped frequency response, so rather the opposite. You would probably enjoy the Audio Technica range. They are very mid-foward. They just updated the AD2000s to the AD2000X, which is their flagship open headphone. A pair of the limited edition W3000s might do it too, if you have a wider rather than narrower head, due to their slightly weird fit. Pair them with a hybrid/tube amp for best results.

post #9 of 19

Shure 535 IEMs

post #10 of 19
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How much do the AD200Xs cost? Will they be here to stay, or are they in limited quantity?

post #11 of 19
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Okay guys, one of my extreme audiophile friends purchased an Audio Technica W3000ANV and even let me listen to them for a bit. I immediatly fell in love with them. They were like my dream headphones. I guess I didn't really need headphones with very forward mids, but instead thick and meaty ones. I went ahead and purchased another brand new pair from the same friend, and once they get a couple days of burn in, I will try to post more thoughts of them.

post #12 of 19

Shure IEM have an excellent midrange

post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by nicholars View Post

Shure IEM have an excellent midrange


Agree.

post #14 of 19
Grado's are usually known for their particular "flavor" so to speak, which involves a sound signature very unlike those of other popular headphones. As far as my personal opinion goes, they seemed to me much more foward than my admittedly laid-back HD595s.
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Originally Posted by audiophile6500 View Post

Okay guys, one of my extreme audiophile friends purchased an Audio Technica W3000ANV and even let me listen to them for a bit. I immediatly fell in love with them. They were like my dream headphones. I guess I didn't really need headphones with very forward mids, but instead thick and meaty ones. I went ahead and purchased another brand new pair from the same friend, and once they get a couple days of burn in, I will try to post more thoughts of them.

 

That was a lucky score for you. I had suspected you needed headphones which were more forward in certain areas that most 'phones are, which is how the W3000s are. 

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