I'm looking for a pair closed cans for critical listening to replace (upgrade) Beyer dt990 (600 Ohm) AND AKG k271 mkII. The best way for me would be to sell the two one-trick ponies and get a quality swiss army knife.
I'm a singer-songwriter and i record/mix/master my own music. I am totally aware that it's best to mix on monitors, which I do most of the time, but you can't judge bass on those because of the room modes (i.e. some of the bass frequencies null and others resonate - therefore, even the best monitors (I COULD save and upgrade from my Yamaha HS50ms, but don't see any point in doing so) aren't of much use, since there is a limit to room treatment, which i have already reached, since it's a residential apartment, not a studio, so please don't tell me about bass traps, etc...).
What I currently do is use AKG's for tracking, then mix on monitors, then check for low-end anomalities/small artifacts on DT990's. But to my taste, DT990's sound waaay to flattering - i e even poorly recorded music sounds 'good' - probably because the mid freq's are somewhat recessed, and there's too much treble on those (the word 'excited' comes to mind) - i always have to bear with it when making mix decisions to avoid making the mix sounding dull or too "dark" (by compensating for the Beyer's HF emphasis).
So, what I'm looking for is HONEST reproduction of bass (don't need good/powerful/impactful - just AS IS - if it's overdone - it'll be too much, if it's not happening - ot won't happen - the dd990's in my opinion are pretty good at masking this, since it's 'happening' even when it's not at all supposed to), maybe some midrange emphasis (singer-songwriter type of music benefits from extra detail in that area) and LOTS of detail in the high freq's.
What I'm looking for here is what people usually call 'revealing', unforgiving, neutral (but everyone has it's own 'neutral', so i tend not to rely on this description). I want to get DISAPPOINTED with my own recordings.
So, my perfect headphone in this case would be the one on which well-recorded and well-performed music sounds okay, but badly recorded/mixed music will sound like trash. A closed design is much preferred here, since I'd like to sell both pairs I have now and get just one pair for both tracking/referencing/critical listening - not MIXING - because mixing for me usually involves finding balance between multiple completely different playback systems.
As with all things mixing - TRANSLATABILITY is the word here.
My contenders are
Sony mdr 7520 - I'd especially appreciate any feedback on these in pro audio use, since there aren't many reviews of these. Translatability? Durability? Portability?
Are there any other options???
The other, less preferred, way is to replace DT990's with a pair of open-backed 'phones (But that leaves me with two pairs of cans and i wouldn't like since now my rig is semi-portable and I'd like to make it even more like that)
Sennheiser HD 600/650
Budget is $500
I'm looking for feedback from audio professionals or hobby recordists like me - people who make music, rather than those who enjoy listening to music.
But if those who listen to music and find certain 'phones too revealing - this feedback would also be appreciated!