Any recommendation for other headphones are also appreciated.
Looking for a bassy sound that doesn't overshadow mids and highs, especially the vocal range. It will not be used for genres like classical and jazz, so a very large soundstage is unnecessary; however, I would still like them to be uncongested. I want a full mid bass which doesn't interfere with other frequencies or sound bloated/muddy. Headphones I've been considering include:
- ATH WS99
- ATH ES700
- ATH ES10
- Ultrasone Pro 900
What I've gathered from research:
ATH WS99: Solid bass; biggest bass of the three ATH's listed. Centered on mid-bass. Forward, full mids because of the high low-mid frequencies. Not muddy. Comfort issues with pads. No solution for the pad issue found on the WS99's thread that doesn't interfere with the sound too much.
ATH ES700: Bass not as pronounced; least of the three ATH's. Still has a significant bass boost. Very natural vocal reproduction. Looks quite fragile, however.
ATH ES10: Very prominent bass, very comfortable. Cups seem a bit flashy and scratch very easily.
Reports say that the bass is very prominent. The graph doesn't really look so, but I'll take the head-fiers' words for it. However, if it indeed does sound like a mini pro-900 (more expensive and fragile), I don't think its a very good buy.
Pro 900: Very full bass. Recessed mids, bright highs. There have been many conflicting opinions about these headphones; graphs show that these are a bit sibilant. While the mids don't look too recessed many have complained about them being extremely recessed and unengaging (a big turn off). However, many in some other threads have stated that they felt that the mids were only slightly recessed, and that the highs were not harsh after burn in. However, I am wary of thread bias. The highs seem uneven (10KHz dip), but I'm not sure how this will impact the listening experience. They are secure and of very durable build quality. Comfortable except for the top headband. If I do buy these, I can do the HD650 mod to make the headband more comfortable.
Edited by posteriorpounde - 5/16/13 at 5:09pm