It is time I purchase my first pair of cans for work and hope you can help me out. I will be in an office environment so NC is not needed; my main priority is SQ. But open cans would not work due to leakage. The music I listen mostly is pop and instrumental.
At home I have Magnepan MMG's on a Rotel receiver, that is pretty much the sound I want to replicate (I know I can only get so close). So I have tried the P5, P7, KEF, SR80i, and SR325is; in that order
P5 - Too bland, would not consider ever.
P7 - Night and day from the P5, very enjoyable, cups fit me perfectly. These had almost enough push at the top end without being harsh. I really dislike harsh highs over other speaker setup flaws.
KEF - I find it muffled throughout the entire freq. range, would not consider; will need to relisten to confirm since so many good reviews are out there about it.
80 - I know I can't have open cans but wanted to see what I would be missing out on. They were nice, but I can't seem to remember much from these; maybe because it wasn't horrible nor overly impressive. But a hell of a lot better than those dang KEF's.
325 - Now we are talking! This is the Grado sound I keep hearing about. It was bright and very full; took me back to my Magnepans. I kept thinking "Damn! these things are open, I know the coworkers won't want to hear it but my hears do!" So I went back and forth from these to the P7's and noticed the P7's no longer sounded bright enough (did not have the same detail as before). After a few more tracks on the 325, I found the highs to be just a tad too bright but everything else was great.
So now to get your help. I hear the 225's are like the 325's but less harsh on top end so maybe this one for home?
As for work, is the P7 my headphone? I was going to get the Sennheiser Momentums because something tells me that it would be a good fit even without an audition. Plus, it is half the cost of the P7.
What do you guys think?