The search begins. Basically looking for an open headphone, an upgrade to my HD558's. I love them, but I want a bigger sound stage, and maybe even more natural sounding. The bass of the 558's is plenty for me. My ears are pretty sensitive to treble heavy headphones. I have the HD600/Q701 on my mind but my problem is driving them properly; I own an ASUS Xonar DG, but if I need to get an amp I guess I will have to.
I listen to many genres, but mainly Post-Hardcore, Electropop/Synthpop/Indie (Imogen Heap, Ladyhawke, La Roux, Tegan and Sara), alternative (music similar to Fiona Apple), a little classical.
Maybe it will help if I post which headphones bother me and which don't; so then you can look at the frequency response charts and compare.
Koss TBSE - These get very fatiguing after a while, I believe there is a peak in the upper mids that just drives me nuts after about an hour of listening.
MDR-V6 - These headphones are more bright, but the treble is not as bothersome for long listening periods. My only problem is the nasty, grainy, unnatural sound that comes out of these.
PortaPro/HD558 - Don't bother me at all. Could listen to them all day. PortaPro is really muddy though.
Phone's I've demoed:
Amperior - Right on the border of what my ears can handle.
HD 598 - Treble does not bother me.
Edited by Fuzziekiwi - 1/15/14 at 5:18am