Greetings, seldom-poster here, though I have lurked quite a bit. I'm in need of a suggestion or 2 (I've read a bunch, but would like to hear from you all):
Let me start off by saying I love my DT770-Pro80s. They've been my first step into the world of higher quality headphones and for me they're fantastic.
I'm looking for something else to go with them, after having them for a year now. Not that they're wearing out, but I'd like something a little more portable (the 10ft cord makes it difficult to use in some situations for fear of snagging the cord).
Is there anything, perhaps on the lower end of the scale (I'd like to stay around or sub-$100, but that can be flexible) that has a similar sound signature? These would be used mainly at work or outdoors, so I'd prefer something that didn't leak a lot of sound at moderate volumes (don't let the outdoors option stick closed in your minds, I'd love to try a semi-open or open if they wouldn't leak my music to the rest of the world).
If they need an amp, would an E3 - E6 from Fiio work? I read somewhere that an E6 would help my Beyers out (sound card has a built in amp, but my phone does not). I have a couple of CMOY kits but I haven't put them together. I need to get at the very least a smaller tip for my soldering iron before I make the attempt and regardless, traveling with a CMOY in an Altoids (or similar) tin seems like a good way to get a free colonoscopy in some places... I'm not quite to the age where that would be a benefit to me :)
I listen to a little of everything, lately it's been Power Metal (Sabaton), whatever you classify 5FDP as (certainly some form of metal, I obviously don't know enough about genres) and some similar bands. I also got turned on to Van Canto, who have a really unique sound (for those that don't know, they're essentially an acapella "metal" band with a drummer, sounds weird at first but really cool when you listen to them).
I'd prefer over ear to on ear (these will be worn for up to 8 hours at a time). I'm open to IEMs, but my ears develop enough wax on their own that they might not be the best for me. I would also prefer something with a shorter cord than what I have, obviously.
That, or would it be worth having my headphones recabled instead? Have it detachable so that I can have the longer cord when I want it, but a shorter one when I need. If I were to go this route, any suggestions on who to trust with them (I could do it, but I worry that my hands aren't steady enough; I know that there are a couple of very fragile wires in the cups of the DT770s)? I'd hate to be without them for long, but if that's going to be the better option I will definitely consider it.