Hey gang, like I mentioned in another recent thread, I'm just making the switch over from being a 2 channel stereo guy to headphones. I thought I'd be much easier to please with headphones, but that is proving to not be the case. I'm finding huge faults with the 3 pairs of headphones I've tried in the $100ish range.
I'm using the Apogee Duet 2 as my DAC and Headamp from my Macbook Pro, and I haven't found what I want out of a pair of headphones yet.
Here's what I've tried:
AKG K240 MKII (own)
Sony MDR-7506 (own)
Audio-Technica ATH-M50 (friends)
I have a pair of studio monitors (Emotiva Airmotiv 4) in my desktop rig and the folded ribbon tweeters are just perfect, smooth & detailed. The mid-bass is, again, just perfect. The have a sweet punch/kick to them which isn't overbearing like the ATH-M50. Imaging is great. There is nothing about them that I find lacking. If I can get a sound like this out of a pair of headphones, I'd be set.
The AKG's just don't do it for me. They aren't as "tight" as I'd like and are just slightly sharp in the highs. I wouldn't say fatiguing, just not smooth. The low end is unacceptable as it's hardly there. I'm listening to them as I type this and another thing I notice is that they're "thin" sounding. The Sony's are just dull and fatiguing. Don't need to say much more. The Audio-Technica's sound compressed to me (maybe grainy sounding) and emphasize the low end (I love me some nice clean low end too). None of them sound natural and easy going.
I'd love some direction. I think the options around $100 aren't working much like a pair of stereo speakers under $500 generally don't work for me. It looks like I'm going to have to spend $500+ to get a pair of headphones that do it for me.