So, that's my objective. I currently have $200 for headphones. I may get more sometime, but at this moment I'm not sure. If I do get more, than I'll have $300 to play with, so I'd like to see a sub $300 can shootout. (I did search for one, and didn't see such a thread.) So here's what I'd love to see, posts describing, objectively, the nature of any given pair of cans, not comparing them to others. Discussion and comparisons can happen later, but the introduction will be all facts. I may even update the OP with the info. So kind of like this:
V shaped sound signature, bass is strong, treble extends, mids are unremarkable/hidden.
Pros: (Best?) Basshead cans, tough, durable, ultra compact, good isolation, detachable cable, good looking, customizable.
Cons: Expensive, Basshead cans, cable microphonics.
Opinion and Commentary: A can that is good for modern electronic music. Can it be EQ'd effectively? i.e. do the mids sound bad if they are amplified?
So this is just a template filled with information from reading. If you want to know music I listen to, it's everything from amateur electronic artists to Les Mis to Bach. Metal(not death or heavy), classical, rock, trancy, dubstepy, technoy, all kindsy of electronic music, not rap, not hip-hop(I think) . . .
Home use, gaming, on the go, these will be used for everything. I have a Scarlett 2i4 that I plan to use to run these, and a Sansa Clip Zip for portable use. For my personal preference, not the collection of <$300 cans, they should isolate moderately well and have a FR somewhere between M-100 and neutralish.
Other cans I've looked at: Sony MDR-1R, AKG 1/267, UE6000, T50RP, Mad Dogs, SoundMAGIC HP100.
If I got the T50RP, what effect would putting the Dog Pads only on have? Get the full mod later.
Stronger high and mids, detailed.
Cons: (Bad isolation)?
good bass, good mids and treble. (Which means?)
Pros: Excellent removable cables that are the right length for portable use. Extremely comfortable headphone.
Cons: Poor isolation.
Bass lightly emphisized, mids and treble(Detailed?)
Pros:Comfort is good.
Cons: Cable is a bit long.
Good bass, detailed mids and treble.
Pros: Excellent detail, good imaging, good soundstage for a closed can, decent isolation, decently comfortable and can be used for hours on end, and has 2 interchangable cables.
Cons: May be too bright and fatiguing for some, may not have enough bass for some, headband breaking issues, may be bulky for portable use.
Overall generalisation: A clear bright can, probably suitable for classical, jazz, instrumental music, trance, rock (can't list them all). eq tuning must be done very carefully as to not push the treble up any higher.
Audio Technica ATH-A900X:
Neutral lower-bass with good extension, slightly boosted mid-bass. Mid-range is neutral. Slight boost to lower-treble; upper-treble is neutral.
Comments: Good all-rounder.
Edited by AzureBeat - 2/6/13 at 8:07am