I'm trying to decide which model is the perfect headphone for me (I want to buy my first audiophile cans, and I want to make it right ) Genre's classical music, a lot of chamber music, but sinfonic too. I don't mind whether they are open or closed as I'd use them mostly at home. If they are closed and portable, that's a nice bonus, but not a must. Budget is 400$, or 450 if it's really worth it.
The sound I'm looking for: a flat response, neutrality, a detail-monster. I'd love to hear the bow scratching the string, the valves of the woodwinds etc. From what I've read the HD600 seems to be a good bet. However, I'd also love to have a wide stage, where you can easily spot the different instruments/voices. Something like a HD600 with the stage of an AKG K701 (I've listened to them both, and I liked the AKG slightly better, probably due to the heavenly stage. The HD600 seemed a bit veiled and less detailed to me. However, I will do a second listening session, so please don't give up on me just yet )
I know that such a can probably doesn't exist at that pricepoint, and that I'll have to compromise on one aspect or the other. But I'd like to know my options first. So, apart from the HD600 and the K701, are there other models I should try?
I read about the LFF Paradox, which seems to be as flat and neutral as it gets. I don't know about the stage though. They are certainly very interesting, but it's difficult to try before buying. Also, how would Mr. Speakers MadDog compare to the K701?
Thanks for any comments, hints, tips...
Edited by papamogl - 3/31/13 at 10:02am