As you can tell i am new to the head-fi forums, but this probably won’t be the last time you see me. I do enjoy a good forums with people that have similar interests as i do. I'm always open to any suggestions but there are a few things i'm looking for. For me i think headphones are a very personable thing, something that is strongly effected by biases and based on personal preference, but with a community like this im sure that when it comes down to the distinct aspects of a set of headphones we can mostly agree. That’s after all why i decided to join this community instead of reading amazon reviews that typically say something along the lines of "Good sounding with SUPER bass". I think we all know the amount of bass does not correlate to how good of a pair of headphones they are. If that were true than we all should be walking around with 2x 10 Inch subwoofers attached to our heads lol. Without further ranting we'll get down to the point.
Ive been using the "time tested" beginners audiophiles headphones, the Audio Technicas ATH-M50's. While i do enjoy their sound i find myself finding flaws in the sound that would make it more enjoyable without. One of which is the mid-highs, yes they are loud, but they are almost shrill. The bass is strong, but drowns out the low mids. I do still like these headphones but as i said i think i need a breath of fresh air. I'm someone who enjoys music, unaltered music. As an attempt to get a new pair of cans and also scratch the itch of buying a pair of ANR headphones i got the Logitech UE 9000's. Short story, they are being returned. From my point of view, when the noise cancelling turned on, Logitech’s internal amp did a fine job of butchering my music and through an excessive amount of bass :( This is something i hate to see from headphone oems. The Bluetooth was indeed good, but my laptop didnt support A2DP BT so i had bad quality which kinda defeated the purpose of buying one of the best BT headphones. Also these are really uncomfortable cam in my opinion. Long story short the bluetooth and ANR were more of an impluse than anything, ive tried it and realized i dont need it.
Anyways, i think its best just to list some headphone aspects im looking for with a given price range.
Good natural sounding buy with punchy bass (not so much strong overpowering bass, but something so you know its there). This is the problem i had with my sennheiser HD 429's, good mids and highs buy absolutely no bass/lows at all which create a not very good listening experience.
Decent soundscape, so probably open construction. I really want to immersed and live the music.
Wired, hopefully detachable.
In the $100 - $300 price range
Comfortable (I had such an awful experience with the UE9k that i want something i can listen to for hours)
So, To one line it. Im looking for a natural sounding headphone with good bass that is very immersive with good soundscape.
Ill add that my setup is either from my desk amp using a 1/4 jack or using a Fiio E11 headphone amp from my phone (Which actually has a pretty good built in amp itself) or from my computer.
Im my short list i have in mind:
sennheiser hd 598
v moda crossfade lp
Please tell me you opinions/sugguestions/likes/dislikes i want it all. I think more information is always important when developing an educated buying conclusion.
Edited by Martinrm - 12/21/13 at 7:12pm