So, like I'm sure many of you, I received some headphones for Christmas, I asked for both the AKG K550s and the Beyer DT-770 pro 80s with the intention of auditioning them and one of them being returned. It actually turns out that both are going back. I spent sometime reading reviews and opinions before finally settling upon these two, but it turns out neither of them can give me what I'm after.
My findings are
AKG K550 - Excellent clarity and lovely soundstage. The detail I'm able to hear, even in recordings I've been listening to for the past couple deacdes, is spot on. I love the build quality, and I love the styling. Bass wise I could live with them, but I'd like just a fraction more (literally just 5% more would be perfect). Although I love the width and detail of the sound in the mid to upper frequencies they sound a little thin, I could however live with this. Fit wise, they're awful. There's no way on earth I could live with a headphone which fits so badly, at any point they're right on the cusp of falling off. They're attachment to my head is precarious at best.
Beyer DT-770 pro 80 - They provide a really robust, solid sound although I do find them a little bit heavy on the bass. Clarity is reasonable I guess, but I'm really looking for more than they can give me. Soundstage is far too narrow, it feels like looking at the world down a rolled up newspaper. Styling is fine (I wouldn't be swayed one way or the other by styling anyway.), build quality and comfort is perfect.
If I could have the solidity of sound and comfort of the 770s, combined with the sound of the 550s (and being greedy a slight, ever so slight, push to the bass) I'd have the perfect headphones.
Now's where you guys come in, where do I go next? The K701s and the DT-880s are looking like they're both worth a try, am I barking up the wrong tree? I'm also acutely aware that I can't just keep ordering headphones and sending them back when I don't like them, eventually amazon will send one of their drones for me.
This is my first proper foray into the world of decent headphones, they'll be driven by an Asus Xonar DG (onboard HP amp which should do for the time being hopefully), and they'll be used for (in order of frequency) music, gaming, multi tracking (minimal).
Thanks in advance.