Human voices are in the mid range right?
I'll check out the v modas. Not sure if any stores nearby have them though.
Edited by hisagishi - 3/4/14 at 10:47pm
It does not necessarily need to have a plateau-shaped measured curve to for the midrange to not be recessed, the same way that jsut because there's a narrow plateau around the bass region and then a spike in an even narrower treble range does not mean the sound is "V-shaped." This term came about on headphone forums as a short hand to describe a system sound that has a lot of bass and a lot of treble, which is what their ears imagine it looks like on a graph using a test tone, but in reality some so-called v-shaped headphones aren't that far off a "flat" or "neutral" headphone looking at a graph. Why? Because if you actually hear a graph that really does look like a V, it will sound much much worse as to be inaudible. Many using that shorthand/analogy ignore the matters of scale in dBs.
Basically, there are a lot of ways of looking at data, and that's just the objective. If there's a spike at 100hz and 6khz, which you can hear as strong bass drum notes and sibilance on the treble, but if you look at a graph it might not look V-shaped enough because 1) there's no clear valley between them and/or 2) what looks like a huge space on the graph is probably less than, say, 6dB's. Also, the human hearing system - that's the ear as well as how the unconscious parts of the brain interprets the input for the conscious part - is already more sensitive to midrange frequencies. It's what allowed humans to go from cavemen surviving because they can clearly hear, "sabretooth tiger!!! rrrruuuuuuunnnn!!!" up through when they had to hear "cavalry! halt! lock shields...as one!" over the noise of iron spears striking bronze armor, or "get out of the way!!!" over traffic (unless you're wearing headphones or IEMs when this happens). Given this default sensitivity to midrange, plus the disadvantages of headphones (compared to speakers and subwoofers) in producing bass that can be felt as they produce a lot of dB's of low bass through air, means that a plateau in the bass region can help compensate for the default biases of human hearing.
Nearly non-existent on the Prestige series, at least in stock form. I've heard one with a modified (longer) wood air chamber and didn't like it. The bass guitar was too loud enough that it hurts my ears* and also lacks precision.
*I visualize the soundwaves as boxing gloves punching my ear drums, kind of like that scene in Kung Fu Hustle where the notes turn into swords and Imperial soldiers
The DT770's aren't "bass heavy". They're "bass prominent", yes, but it doesn't feel boosted up in any way. It's just not rolled off or flat. They're excellent headphones and I think would suit your needs just wonderfully. Also insanely comfortable.
And the 80 still do pretty well without an amp. They won't blow your ears out, but they should be just fine for listening.
I'd really suggest hopping on eBay and getting a new pair there, dude. The 80 is a significantly better product.
+1 I bought a couple of headphones, brand new, off ebay for wonderful prices.