Hi there fellow gods of knowledge!
I'd like to introduce myself first before bombarding you with my questions as I intend to have a good time at this board not make it a one-stop shot...
I'm a 24 year old Austrian. My audiophile history sadly is little to non-existant, however in my community I have always felt that I'm the only one who's
striving for the better equipment, when all others took the easy path of heading to amazon and chose the cheapest thing that'll just do for the lowest price...
My listening environment 99% of the time is my home where I mainly listen with my Sennheiser PC 165 USB Headset which I have owned for the longest time now...
For outdoors I have tried quite a few Sennheiser In-Ears (CX-300, 400 and 500), Philips SHE 9850 and I now own my third pair of SHE 9800's (one lost, one broken before).
I've just recently exchanged my ancient Sound Blaster X-Fi Extreme Music for the new Sound Blaster ZxR and I run WinAmp with the WASAPI plug-in in exclusive mode.
Since the fatiguing of my PC 165 USB has become unbearable (sound as pain-wise) and my ears have decided that they don't want in-ears anymore (also pain-wise),
I'll now take the big leap and step into the audiophile community. I've looked at reviews for the Sennheiser PC 360 over and over again but I've made the decision now
not to go for a dedicated headset. I'd rather get good cans and put on the AntLion ModMic, as soon as their 4.0 line is available...
What I want now:
A pair of decent over-ears in the price range up to 250$. The should be comfy as well as good-looking as I might use them outdoors as well (no sport)...
I do game as well but positional audio should not be of any concerns since I seldomly relied on that anyways. My Counter-Strike days are over.
Nevertheless they should be wearable for hours without hot ears or pain on the upper "ear flaps"...
I used to be on the bass-head side but I want to get away from that. I'd rather try something that has punchy (not lacking) bass than something that has an overdone whump in the bottom frequencies.
I've mainly used to listen to electronic music like drum and bass before but I find myself to like music from all genres nowadays, so the cans should be allrounders.
Big soundstage is a must for me so open to semi-open should be the way to go, correct me if I'm wrong.
I'm definitely looking for an airy experience that'll let me sit alone in a silent crowd hearing the performers in every spine-shivering detail...
I really, really fancy the design of AKG's black Q701s and I would have bought them straight away if they weren't said to sound so clinical and revealing (Price is a bit too high though).
My music library has been built up for years and sadly has a lot of low-bitrate mp3s in it from my teenager days. Nowadays I go for high bitrate VBR encoding or straight FLAC.
Since the Q701s really do need amping it shouldn't be a problem on my SB ZxR. But for outdoors a second pair of different cans would maybe be better... Feel free to post your ideas.
Sennheiser's HD650s are sadly out of my price range and although I like the reviews the HD598s got, I cannot get to like their colouring (maybe the HD595s? No they seem to lack bass...).
The reviews for the AKG K240 MKII are looking ok and I could also go for them instead of the Q701, but the terms "hard to drive" keep me a bit recessed as of now...
If someone could elaborate on that, I'd really appreciate it.
Beyerdynamic's DT-line also looks good. Their design seems a bit outdated for my likings but may be worth a shot if you approve of them.
Feel free to throw in any competitors you want to suggest. There sadly is no store with a good selection in my vicinity to try a few cans before, so I have to rely on what you write...
For design I would like to go for something like the Q701s as i said before.
They do not need to sound flat or analytical at all, but a good soundstage is what I'm looking for. I'm really open to anything and not fixed in any way to the AKG lineup.
I do like Sennheiser but their lineup and opinions on them are so wide-spread that I really find myself unable to compare reviews on them.
Main use is indoors, but if they are good for outdoors im happy as well.
Buying the right pair is somewhat crucial to me as this might be my headphones for the next few years to come.
Thanks for any participation you can manage. I'm looking forward to a good time at this board!
Edited by Unr3aL - 11/3/13 at 1:55pm