My source is laptop or Nook with a EO7k or Vali/Modi stack.
Thanks for any insights you have.
I listen to mostly EDM and chillstep/liquid dubstep stuff. I have a pair of HD558 and they do okay with this music. The bass is a little to slow and light for this type of music however, the slightly recessed mids and smooth high favor well. These headphones take very well to EQ'ing, straight out of my HTC one running poweramp with the 31 62 and 125 frequencies boosted about 4 dB and the upper mids 1k 2k and 4k boosted about 3 Db I can get very enjoyable and easy to listen to sound. Compared to my m100's they are simply outclassed in bass quantity and quality but still a very enjoyable headphone.
you will not regret the purchase one bit, I absolutely love my 558's, they are one of if not the best and most well rounded open headphone you can get for reasonable money. The only issue I found was the cable being really long and terminating in a 1/4 jack. Now that issue is very easy to solve with the fiio ugrade cable found here http://www.fiio.com.cn/products/index.aspx?ID=100000046488446&MenuID=105026014
Byrnie - Thanks for the suggestions. I already have 2 pairs of decent closed phones - HTF600 which are cheap but are fantastic when paired with my Nook in particular and the XB500's which are OK, not great. My question was really only about what open backed phones would be like for the the music I listen to. Thanks for responding though.
dj - I am really looking forward to hearing them. Thanks for the tip on the cable - I was able to find a "like new" pair on Amazon that already comes with that cable for about $100. I do occasionally get out my CD collection and listen to classical, jazz and new age so I bet these will really shine with those. Thanks again for your response.
Byrnie - You're right. Every pair of headphones is going to sound different and also sound different to each pair of ears listening to it. I was just trying to get a general idea of what people's experiences have been with open headphones with EDM, etc. Was it worth trying? And, in particular, the HD 558s or 518s because they look really comfortable. I have had a really difficult time choosing headphones based on reviews and impressions. Within the past 2 months I have purchased 6 pairs of headphones and returned 4 of them:
t50rp ZMF's (tried both V1 and V2) - too tinny sounding, crashy, sibilant (with my sources) - really bad with streaming Internet music - great with cds but I don't listen to them much
Fidelio L1 - felt like someone was pouring warm oatmeal in my ears
Sony Pulse Wireless - saw a YouTube video saying these were the best basshead headphones - very uncomfortable and the music sounded very unremarkable - bass unnatural
Skullcandy Crushers - read several comments on this forum saying they were great - also uncomfortable and everything but bass didn't sound good. The bass enhancer felt unrealistic to me.
The 2 best phones that I have kept were the cheap ones - The Panasonic HTF600 - fantastic although a little uncomfortable. Bass is deep but not bloated and the mids and highs are clear and separated to my ears. Love them! The other phone was the Superlux 668b. Bass is a little thin but the clarity is impressive. They are really uncomfortable though, even with the velour pads that I purchased.
I figure I will give the 558s a try and return them if I don't like them and put the money into a high quality pair of closed phones. If that's the case I will definitely take a close look at your suggestions.
What's your price range? You never listed. The reason I ask is I think you will enjoy the X1's over any of the headphones listed here (they're going for $238 right now on Amazon. I have the 558s but I never considered them that great of a pair of headphones especially for EDM but as you can see I've been in this hobby for more 10 years now so the bar might be higher for me but to each his own of course.
I'm not sure what my price range is at this point. My wife is getting the 558s for my birthday next week and I will see how I like them. I haven't been using the Modi/Vali combo but may change my mind if they make the 558s shine. I've only been using the FiiO EO7K and really like it with my present headphones. If the 558s don't work out, I will return them and sell my Modi/Vali and then will have close to $300 to spend on closed phones. I will be checking out the X1s for sure, especially since you say they are easy to drive. They sound perfect. Thanks for the suggestion.