I want to replace my HD429 headphone, I did multiple ABX tests and can't find the difference. I tested 128kbps vs 1411kbps lossless wavs ripped directly from a CD, played them with foobar, couldn't detect a single difference, so I'm guessing the sound quality degraded a lot over the past 2-3 years (that's how old these headphones are, I also dropped them numerous times from at least 1 meter).
I also hate it that their chord is extremely thin and flimsy, it isn't even made of high quality plastic... it's some kind of weird elastic plastic that has the texture of hum (if i pinch it with my nails I can leave a big dent on the plastic).
Is there any direct upgrade within the same price range, which is under 80$?
here's a graph for my headphones http://i.imgur.com/W05ZFDC.png .
I noticed these headphones, saw very good reviews for them: http://versus.com/en/sennheiser-hd-429s-vs-sony-mdr-v55
and I heard they have very good bass without being too excessive, which I really like, and the sound quality is generally good
are the v55 a good choice? I've been thinking about the ATH-M50 but they're incredibly expensive in my country, 3x more than they are in the USA and rest of Europe, the sony v6 don't even exist here, the grado sr80i are expensive as well, about 300-400$ in my country, so there goes one of the best choices in this price range, and I'm left with the rest.