Budget: Up to $400
Size: Full size, over-ear
Acoustic design: I'm unsure, and I need some info on exactly how much sound a semi-open headphone will leak. Something to put it in perspective, you know? The only non-closed headphone I've heard (from the outside) is the AKG K141 studio. It didn't leak a lot of sound, and I wouldn't mind a headphone with an amount of sound leakage similar to them. I don't mind sound getting in.
Area of use: Everything imaginable, but take only music into consideration. Will only be used at home
Sound source: I got a Sound Blaster ZX for Christmas. I am still considering whether to return it for a FiiO E10 or E7. I need help with that as well, should I find an external DAC/amp in stead?
Additional information: I listen most of all to indie/alternative rock, sometimes also slightly heavier variants of rock. Lots of guitar, drums, and vocals :) Some sample tracks:
Coldplay, Viva la vida
Breaking Benjamin, Breath
The White Stripes, There is no home for you here
10 years, Fix me
Nirvana, Come as you are
Weezer, Say it ain't so
Led Zeppelin, Whole lotta love
The Killers, Read my mind
I wish for a sound signature where the bass is not very dominant, as in the likes of Beats and Souls by Dr. Luda. I don't mind minor "enhancements" of the bass, mids or treble, but I think I want some farily neutral headphones. I can always use an equalizer if I get bored, right?
I am not in a position to go out and test headphones (The only shop that allows this where I live, only has Bose QC on display.) I will be ordering the headphones online, which means I can try them and send them back if I don't like them.
I think I want an open headphone (someone help me decide?), so I've looked at the AKG K242, Beyerdynamic DT880. These both seem like nice options, but I'm not sure they suit my type of music. I've also considered some closed cans, namely AKG K550 and Beyerdynamic DT770. K550 seems pretty neat
I already own Monster Turbines, ATH-ES7, Logitech G930, and AKG K518. I like the ES7. It's fine for portable use, but too uncomfortable for long sessions in front of the computer :)
G930 is alright, quite comfortable. I hear distortions in the bass sometimes, and they aren't exactly audiophile phones.. The K518 is too bassy, mids and highs feel "distant" from what I can recall. They're also very uncomfortable.
Edited by alexw - 12/26/13 at 11:01am