So I've got a spare $100 that I could put into audio gear.
I've got a FRD80 and a Sennheiser HD238 at the moment. Driven directly from either my laptop or my nexus 4. So I don't exaclty need another headphone at the moment.
But the CAL!2 is intriguing. Although information is limited and the hype is on low, the CAL!2 is the sequel to the very well received CAL! and therefore it manages to get my interest. I'd have to stretch my budget a bit, but for something that offers such seemingly great value, I don't really mind.
Alternatively, I'm also considering buying the Sennheiser HD518, which is being sold for ~$80.
Also, the PRODJ100 are being sold for ~$80
Finally there's the JVC HARX900, which is also well reviewed.
IDK. What should I buy? CAL!2? HD518? JVC HARX900? Something else?
I'm not looking for any sound signature in particular, I just want a polished sound. I kinda just want to be wowed, and I know from past history that any sound signature (natural, analytical, warm, bassy mid centric) can wow me. If I had to state a preference, I'd want something thats more towards natural, with a slight v shape. And the treble should be tamed, not very sibilant. And I definitely don't want something that is very mid centric.
IDK. I might even sell what I choose to buy after a month or so. I'm just looking to try out new sounds. My budget limit may go up to slightly more than a $100, but if you have something cheaper that provides impressive sound quality, I'm in.
Preferences of Music: Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, and the Rolling Stones. Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Debussy, Rachminanov, Bach, Sibelius and Dvorak.
Other Uses (besides listening to music): One major use is plugging the headphones into my guitar amplifier with a les paul copy for practising the electric guitar in a dorm room. Besides that, I will also use the headphones for movies/tv/gaming.
I'll probably be using them unamped, because an amp seems like more of an effort than I'm ready to make (having to carry an extra piece of hardware). Will currently use the headphones unamped straight from either the pc, the nexus 4 or a guitar amplifier's headphone out. Eventually I might buy a Fiio. IDK. I have tried them (though not at any length), so I do recognize the improvement they bring (I used an e06 with my xba 3... I have neither of those two products anymore. Haven't tried any other iem/headphone with an amp.).
Will be buying in canada, so availability issues will work accordingly.
Oh, and I kinda wanna avoid on ear headphones (I already have a hd238).