Circumstances (financial and otherwise) have changed and I need to replace my Stax lambdas (I had a couple pairs, I liked the originals paired with a new amp most, but all were similar) with something cheaper, more durable, and with more noise attenuation.
I'm looking for dynamic headphones that are as fast/detailed as possible, but my new circumstances require something that leaks a lot less than my old Stax headphones did. I'd prefer a bit more bass (maybe) and less treble, but overall the frequency response of the lambas is just great. Really nice. I also have triplefis and dig the sounds from those, too, but less, just for reference... they lack the smoothness and detail.
At work we currently have MDR-7506. Too flat, they sound muddy by comparison. None of the sparkly pristine detail. I had HD-280s and they were similar, maybe a bit better. I like Grados a bit for the livelier sound (more treble, I guess?) but they don't compare side-by-side. Total mud, just with a bit of treble boost, I think.
So... of the three I've listed, which will get me closest. I'm assuming the Beyerdynamic will be a bit better for being open, and the Fostex will be fastest, but the Audio Technica seems nice for field monitoring and I want to use my headphones for monitoring video, too! It seems all three offer an advantage...
Will I never find a dynamic headphone that sounds similar and is closed? I listen to Joanna Newsom and Skrillex and sometimes the Pumpkins. Not much else. If I can find a good closed pair that really isolates the bonus is I can bring it to work and stop using these 7506 headphones, which I like for monitoring but not as much for music, though they aren't bad.