Hi there. I truly appreciate any and all input from the more experienced users here.
Let me give you a little background. I don't have diverse experience when it comes to headphones. But, I do have an ear for quality and refinement. I can hear fine differences between sources to a degree... it's not a trained skill yet, but I'm getting better at it.
Here's what I've owned in the past... the notable ones at least:
-Audio Technica ATH-d40fs
-Corsair Vengeance 2000 (bought expressly for portability, comfort, and good sound... for gaming)
Of the 3, I actually found the Corsair to offer the best soundstage, but that's probably because I haven't really owned headphones that offer much of one. I like how the Corsair has punchy yet smooth bass as well. The GR06 easily has the best low-high mid range, which brought out many aspects of tracks I hadn't heard before. That was definitely a worthwhile buy. And the d40fs, I'd say, is the most 'flat' of the bunch, though that's why I bought it in the first place.
Now, I'm looking to buy headphones (not IEM) that offer a mix of all the traits I've found notable in the 3 low-end sets I own. Something that has:
- Moderate portability
- Great comfort (the Corsair is phenomenally comfortable)
- A good sound atmosphere, but one that isn't forced as much as the Corsair is (the 7.1 business is hogwash)
- Refined and standout bass
- Good mids that aren't drowned out
- Lots of treble, but isn't fatiguing (I like lots of treble)
- Quality build that will last me a LONG TIME (the V-MODA M80 really caught my attention in my research thus far)
- Preferably under $200, but can be up to $250
Any suggestions? So far I've caught interest in the ATH-M50, V-MODA M80, and Phillips CitiScape Uptown. But there are so many to look at... my eyes are fatigued from reading so many reviews T_T