I'm looking for a good set of over-ear headphones for both portable and home use. I honestly don't know if I've ever heard neutral headphones. I've read they are good for many different types of music, and it seems like that's what a lot of people want.
What I like to hear: I love bass. I wouldn't consider myself a bass head, but maybe I am. I want clarity in my headphones for sure. I don't want to just hear the treble or overpowering bass.
Budget: about $175 USD.
My sources will be a T-Mobile Galaxy S4 (using ViPER4Android) and a laptop with a fairly basic Soundblaster sound card. I will be using a fiio e17. My music ranges from the occasional 128kbps mp3 file (which I try to avoid, but I can't airways get better sources for a lot of free downloads such as the MLPMusicArchive Fan Music) to Opus format music around 160kbps (a little higher than what I read many consider to be transparent.) At home, encodes of my own CDs are FLAC. Most of my own rips are rock or dance/pop. I enjoy music from AC/DC to Carly Rae Jepsen to Atreyu to Hollywood Undead. I listen to a LOT of electronic/dance/dubstep from deadmau5 and Skrillex to Hellberg and Stephen Walking. Most of my MP3s are electronic or dance with lots of sounds like glass dropping that are high and should sound clear on what I'm looking for and long reverby bass sequences.
Headphones I've had in the past, which are about all I have to compare to:
- Skullcandy Hesh 1: I used to love these but they seem way to bass heavy now.
- Skullcandy Hesh 2 - much clearer than Hesh 1. I enjoy these but wanted to move up in quality.
- Sony MDR-X05 - these are on ear headphones. I love the sound quality from these but they also seem a bit bassheavy. My biggest gripe with these is the sound feels so narrow. Closed in and direct. The Hesh 2 seem to have a better Soundstage and I prefer to use them if I can use an equalizer. When I don't have a decent equalizer or audio effects, I prefer the Sonys.
Requirements for new headphones:
- Detachable headphones can that is easy to replace. My cats have ruined too many of my headphones to compromise on this.
- Closed, with enough isolation for portable/public use.
I've been looking at the Soundmagic HP100 online and am leaning towards those, but I've read a few negative things about their midrange.
I've also been looking at the Brainwavz MH5. I read that they are a little light on bass and saw someone here link the Soundmagics for similar sound with a bit more bass.
Thanks for any advice anyone can offer.
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Edited by crawler9 - 10/10/13 at 11:14am