Basically been looking through tons of headphones but still don't know what to get. Input would be appreciated.
For reference, my current headphones are the FA-011 and the Westone ES3X. Current speakers are the Swan M200 mkii. Not much of a fan of the FA-011 anymore; it is fun but it's quite fatiguing to me. Bass is quite muddy to me now too after listening to the ES3X. I much prefer the ES3X sound signature, which seems to be much more vocal-oriented. I do like my rumbling bass though, just the FA-011 is too muddy. The reason why I'm looking for a headphone by the way is because I would prefer not to use the ES3X at home and the sound isn't really centered due to what I believe is a fit issue (reshelled by UM twice but didn't want to keep paying $40 to ship it over. I still get a seal on both sides but yeah, it's not centered). M200s sound great to me.
Genre preferences are (my most favorite's first):
Vocal Trance (especially songs with female vocals)
Trance + instrumentals / acoustic mixes / piano covers
Liquid Drumstep / Dubstep
Drumstep / Dubstep
and then everything else really besides hip-hop/rap and metal.
What I want (favorites first):
Sound Stage / Separation / Imaging (Really not a fan of a congested sound, I like to be immersed. I REALLY like to be immersed. Like realistic-sounding immersed. Almost like the ES3X with some songs though it's still more in-your-head, due to it being an IEM and all).
Mids / Vocals
Quality > Quantity bass, though a noticeable rumble would be nice, not overpowering though. Like a bit more than the ES3X if anyone has listened to it.
Non-sibilant treble (despite the fact I can probably hardly hear it, I still fatigue quite easily from it).
Doesn't really matter if it's open or closed as I'll be using them at home, though I'd say closed would be more of a preference currently.
and in general, a sound signature close to the ES3X, and even closer to the ES5.
20% Voice-Chat / Games (the problem I had with the FA-011s was that my friends voices would rumble and the bass would bleed into their voice, making it hard to distinguish what they were saying)
I'll be powering them through an ASUS Xonar DG > E9 and will probably buy a Magni/Modi combo later. As of now, I can't really justify spending a few hundred on an amp as I haven't heard the effects of a good vs. bad amp yet (asides from on-board vs dedicated + E9 with my ES3X. Even then, it's not much).
Main one I've been looking at were the Mad Dogs, but are they that much of an improvement from the original T50rps / are they actually comparable to the LCD2's? About a 400% markup. And then there were varying concerns about the bass. Other one I was looking at was the HD650 but I don't understand what people mean by the "veil" sound, and apparently the Mad Dogs sound better to many people from what I've read.
Edited by AyeVeeN - 1/18/13 at 4:43am