Originally Posted by jayp266
Much appreciated, Roma. I am a novice so it is nice to know that i am hearing things correctly.. if there is such a thing! I think i am happy with the DT1350's, Amperiors and M-80's. I can't imagine i will get much use out of open sets or even over ears as much as portable on-ears - saying that i would love to try the M-100s (possible Amperior beater?). I will probably invest in a better amp to go with the DT1350. The purchases are really hurting my bank balance and the parcels are driving my wife up the wall! Haha.
Also, I messed around with the M80 vents and could tell straight away the difference it made to the bass. I couldn't really perceive much change in the soundstage though to be honest.
As for the Amperiors, i can't imagine giving these up just yet. I tend to listen at moderate volumes and find that bass/treble emphasis really helps on quieter sessions. I just don't understand how people can listen to music at such loud levels. :)
Agreed with all you said and yeah I've banned myself (temporarily of course) from buying headphones for a while for two of the reasons you mentioned.
I think in terms of refinement and overall detail retrieval the PRO 500 is an Amperior beater. But that is just my opinion. The Amperior is better in terms of portability and they are lighter on the head, no contest there. The differences in SQ are significant to my ears - the drivers in the 500 as well as the housing are impressive. Think of the detail and instrument separation of the DT1350, with a bigger soundstage and better imaging, but with a similar sig to the Amperior yet more refined in bass and treble. No edginess either to my ears and there you have it.
As for the M-100 being an Amperior beater, I still have to spend more time with those one day. For now, I'd say that the M-100 is better in terms of soundstage and bass detail. In the end, it's also a matter of preference. I know of some people who found the Amperior's treble to be grating to their ears and they ended up loving the M-100 and feeling that they were an overall upgrade.
That said, there's just something about the Amperior/HD25 I will always love though, and so I don't think I will get rid of them. Their sound sig for me is really helpful in loud environments too, and I also listen at moderate volumes.