Okay, went to Guitar Center and Best Buy to try some headphones out...
Sony 10rnc - seemed to be great headphones, good bass. They had a 2nd set with a ton of wear where the earpads got super stiff and nasty though.
AKG240 - these looked just like the sr850/superluxes, it'd be helpful to know which exact superlux model is based off it, they sounded great, the most comfortable headphones I tried by far too (they are built like the sr850 instead of 668b, ie solid headband). Really made Lorde's 'alone in the world' (or w/e its called) really pop, a song I've never looked twice at.
Shure S240a - did a really side by side vs the akg240. First, it had way shriller highs, I could see it being fatiguing. I couldnt quite tell which had a better sound profile, or how they exactly were different, but the impedence difference was noticeable as these were louder off my droid 4 at the same volume (I'll be using off a desktop alc898 +drv632 600ohm so no matter). The akg240 seemed more well rounded in comparison. These kinda... suck.
I could tell they had less stage than the akg's being closed though, i wouldnt say more bass but, bass was different. more impact, maybe.
Beats by dre, the full cover ones (studio, it says 'beats by dre' and isnt noise cancelling). Wow, these sucked balls. So bad. Bass was cranked too stupid, I like bass but it was overwhelming. Then, the highs were really bad. Im not sure I'd say it was shrill, but like it had that muffling/rumbling, you know, when you crank the volume too high on airplane headphones or crappy laptop speakers. I was really shocked at how awful these were. Just total lack of definition. Played it on a few Ratatat/rap collabs, just sounded ridiculous more than fitting. Oh and they were really uncomfortable, the inside of the pad is just hard plastic that grinds against your hear.
Monsters DNA $299 headphones - Lots of detail, definitely better then cheaper phones.
There were a couple other phones I tried, nothing noteworthy, I couldnt really tell things like 'warm' or soundstage or dark that much, but I could see some headphones had more detail, or more shrill, or more bass. Comfort was obvious. Man lots of crappy headphones at bestbuy. It was all trendy garbage. They had some sennheiser.. 438s, i think. Were comfortable, couldnt really recall much on them.
I wonder how the SR850/668B/EVO/superlux compare directly to the 558s, because if they arent signifncantly better in sound quality, stage, and comfort, I might just get the evos again (of course, waiting to get them first).
For testing I primarily listened to Kavinsky's Nightcall (song at start of Drive).
Edited by Belial88 - 1/28/14 at 12:21pm