Due to my current situation, I am in need of a second headphone because of a couple of issues I am having. I currently own an ultrasone signature pro which is closed, so I want this one to be open since I've never really owned an open headphone before. I did a bunch of tests with EQ to see what type of sound I liked, so I compared different types of sound signatures to see which one I preferred. In the end, I ended up preferring a bright sound. In one of my tests, I compared a neutral midrange with an elevated treble vs a more upforont midrange with a more toned down treble (in other words, bright vs dark), and I preferred the neutral midrange and elevated treble. The dark frequency response just sounded a bit blurred, it just sounded a bit weird to me. This is how I would describe my preferences:
Bass: I don't mind how the bass is as long as 1) it isn't too light to the point where the sound is thin, and 2) it isn't too much to the point where it sounds bloated. A neutral bass would be great, or even an impactful bass response as long as it isn't bloated.
Mids: As I said, I don't want the mids to be too upfront, it just sounds weird and blurred to me. However, I don't want it to be too recessed to the point where it sounds veiled or distant, I absolutely hate that. I prefer a neutral midrange; either way, not too recessed but not too upfront, I just want them to be "there".
Highs: I'm a treblehead and I prefer an elevated treble response. I want snare drums and cymbals to have a lot of impact, and I often boost up the treble when using other headphones so I'm not sensitive to treble at all. I want a lot of treble :)
The genres I mostly listen to are rock and metal, and most peolple would recommend grado's bit there are two things which make me dislike them (I tried them out once).
1) They sound too thin for me. Since the mids are so upfront, the bass gets overshadowed which just made it sound thin and weird for me. I prefer a headphone that sounds thicker and has more weight/body to it. I disliked grado's, even for rock/metal.
2) They sound bad for other genres. Although I mostly listen to rock/metal, I listen to some other genres as well such as soundtrack and alternative.
After some research, there are two headphones which caught my attention the most:
DT880: Neutral bass, neutral mids, and a biting treble. This seems like exactly what I'm looking for, however, I kept reading that these sounded too boring and lacked musicalty, and that it was too polite for rock/metal which is why I'm a bit in doubt.
DT990: This seems to be the headphone with the amount of treble I'm looking for, and people say this one sounds really fun. On the other hand, I have mixed impressions about the midrange. Some people say that the midrange isn't as recessed as it's claimed to be, and that although it's pulled back, it's not too distant. On the other hand, people say it sounds hollow and that the midrangw is veiled and distant, so I don't have a clear idea of what the midrange is like. I read somewhere that I won't really notice the midrange is recessed until I listen to something mid-forward, so if that's true, the mids would be just fine for me.
which one do you guys think would fit me better? I forgot to mention, my budget is 400 dollars, and of course, I'm open to other suggestions if there is a headphone that fits my tastes better.