This post is to ask for help picking new headphones. I have surfed the interwebs in a quest for new cans for a while now, so I'll make a few suggestions and hopefully you can prevent me from picking the wrong set, or maybe even tell me about a product I have not yet stumbled upon.
As I explained in my introduction post, my current headphones (Prodipe PRO800) are dying. I would like to replace them with something better.
I mostly listen to FLAC music files on my computer, in my bedroom, through a Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium.
I listen to all genres. I sometimes play with the built-in equalizer for fun but I usually stop after five tracks due to fatigue.
It would be great if I could use the new headphones with a (semi-)portable device some time in the future. I'm thinking about impedance in particular.
Articulate, breathy, full, gentle, spacious, transparent sound. I pay attention to sub-bass a lot, and I like detailed lower mids.
String instruments and electronic drums.
Completely artificial sounds. Sounds that couldn't exist in real-life.
I don't like:
What's around 100Hz.
Peaks between 2kHz and 8kHz, which hurt my ears. I know I'm not the only one.
Comfort. Regarding both sound and fit. I spend up to eight hours with my headphones on since I have no speakers.
Robustness. Build quality. I would like to keep them for a long time, and I'm often on the road.
SQ as described above.
Sub 200€. I realize compromises will have to be made.
Not too ugly. In my eye, of course.
I don't care much for:
Open or closed. I've never had the opportunity to feel the difference.
Foldability. I carry a huge bag around when I travel anyway.
Portability. I never listen to music while walking or doing sports.
New or used.
Products that have retained my attention:
Several are above budget but I keep them in the list so I remember to try them out when I can.
- K271 mkII
- FIDELIO L1
About a year ago I wanted the Shure SRH840. For several reasons I renounced but now I am reconsidering them.
I briefly tried a pair of AKG K272. I thought they were terrible but the conditions were less an ideal.
The Audio-Technica M50 seem to be the kind of thing I'm looking for. They don't look very comfy or robust, though. Besides, they are 155€ on thomann.de and there are Ultrasone HFI-2400 priced at 156€ in b-stock.
The Fidelio L1 and Onkyo ES-HF300 seem about right for me as well.
The design of some Sennheisers freak me out a little (they look like snails!).
In which direction from there?