Hi guys. First post here, so I apologize in advance for any cluelessness.
I've used cheap in-ears for the past decade. My last set, Sennheiser cx200s, finally died and I'm ready to try something different. Portability is no longer a necessity for me, and having never owned a decent pair, I'm looking to try some cheap, entry level over-ears. I mostly listen to electronic music, including ambient, d&b, trance, house, chiptunes and hardcore edm (the latter where some decent bass is appreciated) so having cans well suited to some of those genres is important for me. These will be used just for fun, mostly enjoying music and playing video games. I don't have much anything in terms of a high end audio setup, so knowing how the headphones sound by themselves without an amp or external card (say, a phone) is also pretty good to know.
I'd also like to mention I recently purchased a set of Superlux Hd681 EVOs, and while I'm more than happy with the sound quality, they feel a bit dependent on equalization which might not always be an option depending on where I'm using them. It feels like they're not "fun" enough for my music out of the box. I have very little headphone experience, but to me they sound a bit neutral, perhaps not entirely meant for casual listening. I'm not exactly what you'd call a basshead, but I can't help shake the feeling that there could be a tad more. Is the reliance on the equalizer expected for these headphones? Maybe they need burn in? Maybe I just have to get used to them? The awesome velour pads they came with made them feel high value, though.
I've been looking at some other budget cans mentioned around here, like the MonoPrice 8323, JVC HAS400, Koss, and countless others I can't remember off the top of my head. I don't have a need for closed headphones, but I hear the resonance they cause can give a perception of more bass at the cost of muddying sound. Again, the sound on my semi-open EVOs is lovely, but I just can't get the nagging thought out of my head that there's cans out there better suited for my tastes. What do you guys think? Any suggestions for somebody like me? Should I just relax and keep the EVOs?
Sorry for the long post!
Edited by Frump - 10/9/13 at 3:43pm