Full disclosure: I tried posting this question once already, though a bit differently and got no replies.
I have been frustrated for some time with my SRH750DJ. There are a few things I don't like: They squeak when I put them on, take them off, or adjust them. They are not particularly comfortable. They squeeze my head too much and they bend my ears. They have a decent sound signature, but they seem to take a fair bit to drive at low frequency: neither my computer, phone, nor tablet seem to be able to drive them adequately. I don't like the plastic construction. I have now both had a hinge break and had part of the headband crack. The first under warranty, the second not, though it is apparently repairable.
Given my frustration with driving my headphones, I jumped on the Geek Pulse Indiegogo campaign (Pulse X with all the uprgades, but no LPS). That fixes one problem, but there are still several more that can really only be addressed with a new pair of cans.
Here's what I want from my headphones:
- Closed back; I use them at work and I want the sound isolation.
- Comfy: I use them for long periods of time
- Solid construction, preferably metal structural parts. I don't want to deal with breakage in the structural components just from every-day use.
- Removable cord--Ideally, I want this to be a 4-pin or a 2x2-pin cord, since that means I can re-cable them for balanced operation.
- Neutral audio reproduction
I listen to primarily and in order:
Some other genres sneak in occasionally.
I'd really like to be able to audition my next set of headphones, mostly for the comfort aspect; I live in the UK. I hear that most of the large department stores (Slefridges, Harrods, John Lewis) will let you audition some of the high-end cans.
So far, I'm a bit drawn to Mr Speakers Alpha Dogs. They're outside the range I've quoted, but they seem like the best bang for buck. I'm also interested in the Sennheiser HD650, though while they are less than the Alpha Dogs, they don't have the option to ship with a balanced cable and they are open-back, which makes me lean a little more towards the Alpha Dogs.