I was looking for a pair of full sized headphones. I've never owned a pair of good full sized headphones; however, I've owned Etymotic hf5 IEM and Klipsch IMAGE S4 IEM and I enjoyed them both. I'm mostly concerned with the quality of the mids and lower treble. I'm not looking for basshead "wub-wub" cans, but bass does need to be present. I recently listened to my friend's ath-AD700 and noted that the bass was definitely too lacking. The highs on the ath-AD700 were also quite piercing and caused minor ear fatigue on sustained highs.
I plan on using these headphones with a FIIO e17 dac/amp.
What I'm looking for in a pair of headphones (In order of importance):
1. Sound Quality:
a. Powerful Sound (without a loss in detail) - I don't want to just hear the piano key or guitar strum, but feel the instrument behind the noise (not "feel" in a bassy shake you kind of way)
b. Clean/Clear Sound - Good instrument separation
c. Large Soundstage
2. Comfort - I wear glasses, so the ability to comfortably wear the headphones for an extended period of time is very important
3. Good Build Construction & Aesthetics
Price: I'm looking for something around the price of $200; however, I'm willing to be flexible with the price if a good pair of headphones come along.
I mostly listen to indie rock and chillwave. Some bands I consider to describe my taste are: Arcade Fire, Beach House, Beirut, Death Cab for Cutie, Fanfarlo, Grizzly Bear, M83, Modest Mouse and Neutral Milk Hotel.
Specific Songs (In order) (Click to show)
Neutral Milk Hotel - Two Headed Boy:
Arcade Fire - Modern Man:
Beirut - Scenic World:
Fanfarlo - The Walls Are Coming Down:
M83 - Reunion:
Modest Mouse - Dramamine:
I've been looking into the ath-AD900x and ath-A900x. Since comfort is a big deal for me, these both seem like good choices too me. However, I'm a bit concerned if the ath-AD900x will have enough bass. Any suggestions about these headphones or any others would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for all your help,