It's been a while since the last time I started a thread asking for advice here. A bit of background: A year ago I bought the K701's and absolutely loved them. But considering all the crap they get around here I assumed there must be something better- so I sold them.
Half a dozen headphones later, including the SRH1840, K702/65 Anniversary, HD700, and HE500, I'm on the verge of going back to the K701's. It's not that they were all bad, but for one or more reasons I prefer the K701.
The HE500 was the best-sounding of them all, but they were just too heavy. I didn't really notice while wearing them, but after a week I had developed neck pains. The HD700s were super comfy and I loved the warm low-end, but the treble was too fatiguing. The Annies were my favorite, but I realized I missed the spaciousness of the K701's and I wasn't really all that impressed by the improved bass response. Finally, the SRH1840s sounded too laid-back for me to enjoy, and I felt it was technically inferior to each of the other three.
Basically, I'm looking for three things when it comes to SQ: detail, neutrality, and soundstage. Bass is a non-issue as long as it doesn't muddy the sound. Just as important as SQ is comfort- as I wear them for 4+ hours at a time.
My budget is $500-$1500 - but cheaper the better, ofc. I honestly hate the rule of diminishing returns which is why I've avoided the classic $1K flagships thus far. But since I've become so picky I may have to resort to them.
Currently looking at (in order of interest):
SA5000 - don't know all too much about this headphone, but I'm curious
HD800 - Afraid it's too amp dependent- I only have a budget amp, the M-Stage.
T1 - Afraid of the peaky treble issues as I'm not fond of sibilance (the reason I sold the HD700)
Looking forward to the suggestions.
Thanks for reading!
Edited by viralcow - 8/6/13 at 1:34pm