After a rather poor customer service experience with Apple, they have offered me £100 to spend on anything that I would like from their online store (which of course means a limited range of headphones). This should mean that I will be able to essentially get a substantial discount on any goods that I want.
I went into my local Apple Store and had a listen to a few models, and ended up with the following conclusions (note that due to the way the headphones were wired, some static noise could be heard and sound quality will be slightly worse in the store):
- Harman Kardon Classic (CL), £170 - veiled sound. Bass heavy, not exactly tight bass, but not diabolical. The bass and mid-bass appeared to be well balanced. Pretty poor overall.
- B&W P5, £250 - better, but not amazing. A bit too bass light.
- Sennheiser Momentum, £260 - close to what I'm looking for. Warm sound, slight bass-heavy sound signature but nothing ridiculous. Could do with less though. Unfortunately, the mids and highs in particular sounded "artificial", a bit synthesised, in a way.
- Logitech UE6000, £170 (only in active mode as the display models cannot be put into passive mode) - extremely bass heavy, completely drowning out everything else. Even though I haven't heard them, I could imagine in passive mode they would be far too bass heavy still.
From what I have read, the Harman Kardon BT has slightly less bass than the CL (which is what I'd want) that is tighter and more controlled, and the mids and highs are clearer and have a bit more sparkle. My question is, how does the BT compare to the Sennheiser Momentum? I've had a good search but not much really comes up.
I heard a pair of HD25-IIs a while back, and didn't take well to them, so the Amperior is probably not for me. Similarly, I doubt that the Aiaiai TM-1 Studios would be for me, on the opposite end of the scale.
Any comparisons with the passive UE6000 or any other headphones that Apple offer in the £200-270 range would be appreciated.
Many thanks all! :)