I'm trying to make my first foray into headphones, although I'm a long time audiophile (no idea why it's taken me this long!). I've read a bunch of reviews and threads and could do with a little help sorting the wood from the trees, as there is nowhere near me I can listen to any of these puppies!
I love all kinds of music, the badly recorded kind too, so my setup has to be able to handle pretty much anything I can throw at it while remaining balanced, musical and definitely non-fatiguing! I'm fussy about rythmn and tone on violins (I like to be able to hear body and not just the edge of the bow). I'd rater have musicality than clinical detail retrieval. My source is a Meridian 808.2i, so balanced is an option. I'm probably going to be using Senheiser HD650 phones.
Models I'm considering at the moment include:
Violectric V200 or V181
Meier Corda Classic or Jazz
Graham Slee Ultralinear Diamond
Could anyone please help me sort the wood from the trees here please, in terms of comparative SQ, bearing in mind my listening preferences?
By the way, is any modification necessary to the HD650s to run balanced, apart from a cable?
Thanks in advance!