Hi there, newbie here. (go easy on me please).
First i'd just like to say, great website. I've read quite a high number of threads on here, including headphone and amp/dac reviews and debates over the science of the audio realm, very interesting debates indeed.
The reason I have finally became a member on here, is because I was hoping some of you would be able to help me out on this issue.
Basically I'm looking for a good all round headset in the region of £150 - £300 ($230 - $470).
Some of the headphones i've had a long hard look at are:
Sennheiser HD 25
Beyerdynamic dt880 (250ohm + 600ohm)
Beat Solos (Just kidding)
GermanMaestro GMP 400
Ultrasone HFI 780
Audio Technica ATH-AD1000
I could go on with the list, but the issue i'm having is that i've never really had an opportunity to try out any of these kind of headphones.
I read great reviews for all of these headphones, but then I read the odd negative review for each headphone which puts me off getting them. Sometime I see reviews complaining that the headphone is too "critical and bright" or that the bass is too high that if makes the mid-range sound muddy. I also see reviews that say that the headphone is good with "certain" kinds of music, but not so good with others.... etc
All I want is a pair of headphones that sound great with any genre of music, without being too harsh or critical, but detailed enough to enjoy.
I'd like them to have a decent bass extension without muddying the mid range and good quality high's without sounding overly bright and fatiguing.
I know that everybody has different ears and sound perception, but it would be nice to see peoples personal opinions on what they think would do a good job for what i'm looking for. I'm not too bothered about them being open back or closed back and the impedance isn't an issue for me either as I would be powering them with a fiio17 DAC with the E09k docking station, which I believe can provide 600ohm's of power.