Hello, this is the first time I post here on head-fi.
I've been looking for a pair of closed-back headphone for a while.
Rank of importance:
1. Comfort -- I'm expecting to use this pair to watch movie, anime, listening to music, I have sony ma900 which really spoil me and I'm extremely satisfied with its comfort
2. Isolation -- What I really don't like about it is its complete openness to the outside noise which most people can imagine what it'll sound like in a dorm
3. Portability -- College student therefore it would add some values to me if I can carry them around and use them in library and such.
4. durability -- For my budget, I'm looking for something that I can use for at the minimum 2 yrs.
4. sound quality -- Although last on the list, sound quality still is fairly important to me as I really like the quality of ma900s and probably can't imagine some low quality headphones.
Budget : $200
Will most likely buy them online and do not have much access to auditioning each pair.
Genres of music in addition to anime and movie:
70%: 1. ACG music (J-pop, primarily from anime)
15%: 2. Jazz (relaxing, studying music)
10%: 3. American pop (mostly classic bands, kinda old music like Beatles, ABBA)
5%: 4. country music/folk music
Pairs that got my attention for a while:
1. sony mdr-1r
2. philips l1
3. logitech ue6000
4. audio technica esw9
5. beyer dt1350
6. AKG k550 (doesn't seem to fit my criteria too well but has a lot of good reviews about it)
1. I will directly plug the pair into my laptop (macbook) and smartphone (nexus 5) without any amp or DAC. So far I'm not considering buying amp or DAC due to the space required and the portability reasons.
2. I mostly use Rdio, Spotify, Google Play and listen to .mp3 file. Therefore, the quality of the source itself is far from high fidelity if this would impact any recommendation.
3. Any kind of recommendation(whether on my current list or new) is welcomed and greatly appreciated. Accept any brand as long as I can buy them online.
4. I wear glasses so if this will affect the choice of headphone, please note it in the thread. (Again, comfort is definitely the top priority)
Thank you for your time and I will report back my final decision and listening experience as soon as I get the pair.
Sorry for another post
1. I like sony m900's dark presentation of sound and tonality. But am open to other suggestion (lively cans are totally welcomed, but one concern is that sometimes ACG has high woman vocal which might bring out too much sparkle)
2. Due to the isolation requirement, circumaural is preferable. dt1350 on the list seems to have a fine isolation from the review I've read. Again, open to other suggestion but comfort is still the main requirement (Weight!! clamping force etc)
Edited by daichia94 - 12/11/13 at 2:49pm