I have been researching this topic and going through this website for a while now, and the time has finally come for me to choose a pair of headphones. I know that the best place to get an advice for this topic is here in head-fi.org and that is why I started this thread. :) (btw excuse me for my writing, I'm not a native speaker)
Before I go buy a pair of headphones, I will surely obey the golden rule and try them out first. However, there are many choices and I want to narrow down the possibilities before going for a test. I tried to make it clear what exactly I'm looking for, so that you guys can help me more easily.
This is going to be a long post, since there are many things that I don't know, but lets start by telling you what I'm looking for. The headphones I'm interesting in should be:
1. Nonprofessional - I will use them only for pleasure, to enjoy the music itself. (I'm not interested in monitor, studio, DJ headphones etc.)
2. High end - Well, I do not know if "High-end" or "audiophile" will by the best way to describe them, but I am definitely interested in headphones that will deliver the optimal sound, which probably means $500+. When I say optimal I mean that headphones for $5000 will probably sound better than some for $500, but do they sound 10 times better?
3. Full-sized - I believe they are also called over-ear or around-the-ear. - No comment here, that is what I prefer :)
4. Music only - I will not use them for movies, games or anything other than music.
5. Home use - I will NOT use the headphones outdoors. I like to sit back at home and enjoy the music, with my eyes closed, without anything or anyone around me, so I can focus on the sound.
a. I do not care how they look (its not a fashion show and I will use them at home)
b. I have no worries of annoying others around me (in case of open headphones)
What I do care about is sound stage and sound quality, which raises my first question - Is it true that open headphones have better soundstage?
I dont need the bass to be big and heavy, but I cannot say that I do not care about the bass, because when I tried HD595, I found out that they have no bass at all! ..and I think that kills the dynamics of music.
The source is my computer with the appropriate records, software and settings. I will also buy a DAC in the near future. And that brings me to the next question - When do I need an amplifier? Can we say that the headphones with low impedance (25-50 ohms) do not need an amp and they cannot benefit as much as the higher impedance headphones?
My third question is kind of related to the first and second - Are the "home" headphones better than the ones referred from the manufacturer as "portable" in terms of sound quality?
I see that usualy the portable headphones are closed (not to disturbed the others outdoors), low impedance (so that they can be used with portable devices) and pretty (because they are worn in public). So is it a downside (in regards to sound quality) if the headphones are closed and with low impedance?
I'm sure that similar topics exist in the forum and I'm sorry if I'm annoying you, but I wasnt able to find exactly what I was looking for. I'm sure that the answers to my 3 question will help me get some directions in choosing a nice pair of headphones, and I hope that the 4 directions that I stated above will make it easier for you guys to recommend me some specific models :)
Thanks in advance!
Edited by MMB1 - 11/8/13 at 8:47am