I have been visiting the site for some time now and I thought that it only makes sense for me to register. So, this is me introducing myself.
I am currently in Cyprus but me and my wife will be moving back to London next month and therefore I will not be able to listen to music 'properly' for some time. Having said that, my set-up here is considered 'budget' but I do love it. Rotel RA-04, Project Debut, my ancient pioneer PD-Z84M and a pair of B&W 601 S3 speakers.
Headphone-wise, I have B&W P3 set to use with my iPod classic. Since I will be moving next month, I will be investing in over-ears so I can still enjoy music privately (we will be staying in a crowded house to start with).
So...I have done some research, read some reviews, checked some prices and compiled a short-list:
AKG K550, Soundmagic HP200, Sennheiser HD650 and Philips Fidelio X1
I listen to a variety of music genres, but I want the headphones to excel when I listen to classical music. Mahler's symphonies for example, or Arvo Part's Tabula Rasa,
Most likely I will be using a FiiO E17 (connected to a laptop or to my iPod).
The K550 can be bought for £125-£130. Are the rest worth the price difference? Is the treble on the K550 that harsh? Would you buy the HP200s if you can have the X1s for less money? Are the HD650s as good as it gets for the money?
Sorry if this was a long first post :)
Thank you in advance for all your help.