My first post here, so I decided to just combine everything into one.
I've been a professional sound engineer for the past 10 years, so sound is where I'm at. However I've only recently realised I've never spent ANY time thinking about the headphones I use, which ones I should use and how...
Unfortunately now that I have, I can't get myself out of this. I started lurking around r/headphones and decided it was finally time to show up here.
Here's a short list of headphones I used, or still use and my thoughts. The reasoning being, I'd like to upgrade and give you guys an idea of my tastes.
Sony V300, probably my favorite day to day headphone. Nice clear forward (but not too harsh) highs, and a nice punchy bass. Wore these daily despite having to buy new ones each year because the plastic would either break or bend. Granted I wore them in rain, snow, hail, -20 or +30C weather... The cable was also indestructible.
Sony V6, my working headphones, especially when I know I'll be wearing them for a while. Nice balanced sound. For my new headphones, I'd prefer a tad more bass extension and a tad more high-end sparkle/air and less sibilance.
AKG K81 DJ, Great sound, loved them straight away, a very similar colour to the V300s, perhaps even a bit less coloured. These would've been perfect if they weren't as tight around the head. Also these didn't fit me at all. Fully extended I still couldn't get the cups to sit over my ear. Now, I don't think I have a huge head (this is the first time it has happened) but I can't find anyone else complaining about this. Did I get a children's model? Returned them unfortunately and swapped them for the Sony XB400.
Sony XB400, WAY too much bass. They're a balance disaster. Good bass extension, but a huge low mid hump and it just overpowers all the mids and highs.
Sennheiser HD25, My DJ-ing headphones. Nice bass, but a little too harsh in the high end and maybe not comfortable enough to be day to day.
Sennheiser Momentum On Ear (just listened to these at the store, didn't buy them) Nice bass and mids, but the high end was very weird. Didn't seem too clear.
Philips SHE8000 Bought these in-ears for hiking and workouts. They were recommended and aren't half bad given the price. They have a hi-mid bump I don't like but I found an EQ setting that kinda works. These will be getting replaced by the Shure SE215 I ordered recently.
So in general my preferred tonal balance is a nice, forward tight bass with soft but clear and defined highs. Not looking for flat, but for "fun". I'd also like to be able to really turn them way up and not feel like I'm pushing nails into my ears...
I listen to all of these using my iPod Nano, going through a PA2V2. It seems to bring a bit more clarity to the sound, which works for the XB400 and should work for the Shures, but it doesn't do too good for the V6s and Sennheisers which makes them a bit too bright for my taste. My next project will be the Objective2 amp.
Music wise, It goes from rock and indie to bass heavy electronic music. Not really much classical or jazz here.
So all that said, I've scoured the internet reading reviews and descriptions and seemed to have come up with a shortlist of headphones to either try out (which is kind of difficult around here) or order.
AKG Q701 (might be a bit too bulky)
Audio Technica ATH-ES700 (would probably have to get these straight from Japan, but I like their size)
Audio Technica M50
Beyerdynamic DT770 (also a bit on the too large side)
Sennheiser HD6 MIX
V-Moda Crossfade M-100 (Most upper range of my budget. Not sure if worth the extra cash)