So I'm new to the headphone scene and could really use some input from more seasoned veterans. I've narrowed down my list to these 2 headphones, but I'm torn as to which one I should keep.
First off, I mainly listen to Indie Rock (Vampire Weekend, Airborne Toxic Event, Death Cab, Matt & Kim and Two Door Cinema Club) and Folk (Avett Bros, Mumford & Sons and The Decemberists). But I also listen to 90's Alt Rock, Acoustic, 80's, Classic Rock and especially Muse.
I've also started writing, and bought these for the purpose of listening to Classical music to block out the background noise when I'm at Starbucks.
I'm by no means a bass head, but I do like a very well rounded sound. In terms of car audio, which is what I'm also into. I run a set of Focal 6.5 components with a JL 8". The Focal are nice and bright and the JL provides just enough bass to most everything that I listen to.
As for the headphones. I like the look and feel of the SOL's, They also provide the bass that I'm looking for. It has a nice thump too it, but it doesn't drown everything else out, like Beats. However the high's are somewhat muted and not as bright as what I'd like them to be.
The Denon's aren't as nice looking at the SOL's, and don't feel as well made. However the mids and highs are exactly what I'm looking for. But where they lack is on the low end.
If I'm listening to something harder like Chevelle, the SOL's are awesome. But if I'm listening to something mellower like Dire Straight's Sultan of Swing, the Denon's crispness really shines.
So I'm at a loss. Of the 2 which would you pick? Or is there a middle ground somewhere else, preferably under $200?
My perfect set would be an amalgamation of the 2 sounds, with the look and feel of the SOL's. Looks aren't everything, but they do count for something.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!