It has been at least 3 years since I logged in into headfi forum.
Currently, I'm looking for a full-size headphone to complement my existing Shure SE530. I bought it 4-5 years ago as a nice earplug to listen music while working in the client's site amid noise from machineries.
Now, I'm mainly working in on the desk and therefore, I rarely use my SE530 anymore.
Can someone please suggest which full-size headphone I should get? Budget: at max $200 and I don't plan to use an amp with it. I listen to quite variety of music: classical, pop, jazz and rock.
Also, since mostly I'll use this headphone whole working hour, comfort is essential.
I haven't decided whether I should go for closed or opened can but will be nice if I can get the candidate for each of them.
I'm thinking either:
- Sennheiser HD518 for opened or
- ATH-M50 for closed.
Being in Australia, unfortunately, there aren't many places I can try different headphones. Most of stores like JB-HiFi, Myer are quite noisy and therefore, it's quite hard to judge the quality of the music.
Is it reasonable to expect $200 headphone to outperform the more expensive SE530 (or newer SE535)?