First off, I'm not an audiophile but I've become increasingly interested in getting the most out of my listening experience. First time poster but I've been lurking throughout the last couple weeks. I owned the old version of the Beats Studio for a few years and finally decided it was time to get a more accurate and diverse headphone so I could enjoy the depth of songs more. I just want clarity with a little bit of punch. I recently purchased the Sennheiser HD 380 Pros - I'm not sure what to believe about a burn-in period but after listening for a couple hours I have mixed feelings. I know they are made to be accurate so imperfections can be brought out and heavier music often times isn't as highly produced but here's my thoughts after some research and listening.
For starters, I prefer over the ear headphones without sound cancelling (and prefer closed headphones) and haven't/don't want to use an amp. I typically listen on my Samsung Ativ Book 8 or iPhone 5. I listen to a variety of music genres ranging from Heavier Rock to Alternative/Pop to Hip-Hop. Here are some examples (and yes, I was listening to higher qualities than YouTube, just want to give you a sense of what my music taste entails:
Memphis May Fire - Heavier (You've been warned, there may be some screaming). This is where my main disappointment with the 380s was present. Like some things I have read it felt like there was a veil over the music. I'm a vocal enthusiast and really don't want vocals getting drowned out but also want clear instrumentals. I definitely recognized aspects of the guitars and drums that sounded much better than the beats but to MUCH surprise the vocals and overall sound of this type of song was clearer on the beats. Does this genre truly just need the enhancements of overused base? Not sure why the vocals would sound clearer on the beats though! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lI5p8pIWye4
Bastille - The softer side, this song actually sounded good on the 380s right away which made me think maybe these are just made for more of an acoustic laid back sound. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5NIoWpkdj4
Drake - Wu Tang Forever (Warning: Some explicit language) - I was pleasantly surprised by the 380s here. The base was present, not overdone, and clean. The vocals were not drowned out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wadS0AFcmjA
But they performed less satisfactory on this hip-hop track. Still pretty solid though. Da Truth - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETmv3UbzT7s
At this point I'm wondering if the separation of instruments is difficult while keeping the vocals towards the front of the music. But with modern rock like Breaking Benjamin and Sent By Ravens, they sounded more complete. Not perfect, but better.
Breaking Benjamin - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWaB4PXCwFU
Sent By Ravens - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxWJU36uDvM
Ok, so my main issue is I want to hear the details of the instruments like they were intended when recorded but I still want the vocals to be prevalent. With the 380s I have experienced the veil over many songs with a few glimpses of awesomeness. Is this a product of needing more burn time? What's the best way to do that or is it a placebo? I have looked at the UE6000, MTH 50s, and SRH440 headphones but haven't tried them. I know a lot of this is subjective which is why I tried to give plenty of background info. I constantly switch genres but some of my favorite tunes are heavy (SEE: Memphis May Fire) and want to enjoy the music the best I can. Any advice on what my best option is?
THANKS for any help!!