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Headphone recommendation again...AKG 550, AKG 701, Beyerdynamic DT770?

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Hello and thanks for reading & for any advice.

 

I'm about to invest in my first 'serious' headphones. I've just sold my Grado SR60s as I didn't find them particularly comfortable and would like to invest a little more.

 

A bit of background: I was originally toying with some noise cancelling AKG K490s but I just wasn't impressed with the sound. Then I had a listen to the AKG 550, was definitely impressed and realised I had to rethink somewhat.

 

So, I bought some cheaper portable cans and want a decent pair for listening at home.

 

I generally listen to older records, funk, soul, jazz, latin and maybe some newer hip hop, jazz etc. I do like a bit of warmth & bass but would like it to be relatively accurate & controllable. My speakers are AE109s, this was an easy decision for me in a listening test.

 

I've pretty much narrowed it down to the AKG 550 (don't love the styling but liked the sound, maybe a little bright?), BeyerDynamic DT770 pro, and at a push the AKG 701. These are more than I wanted to spend and I'd have preferred closed back for convenience but they look awesome so I could be tempted.

 

The only ones I've been able to listen to are the 550s and some Sennheiser Momentums which sounded great but I'm trying to stay under £200. Any opinions or words of wisdom appreciated!

 

 

post #2 of 4

I'm about to pick up a pair of the DT770s (Pro, 80-ohm version) once I find a good deal on them.

Once I get them, if your still looking around...I'll post some feedback.

post #3 of 4
If you get the K550, you're not missing anything. I'm surprised you liked both the K550 and Momentum, two completely different sound signatures.

Consider:
ATH WS99
ES FC300
AKG K545
post #4 of 4
Hmm - have you heard any other Sennheiser's besides the Momentums? There are several closed-back models that might suit you and not be quite as bright sounding as the AKG. Maybe something like the HD449, HD280 Pro, etc?
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