So my search continues... I got the Koss DJ100s with M50 pads from Amazon and I think these actually might be my winner for now. I have a fiio E7 (any upgrade to this for $70 and under? Want it to have a DAC too) Here's the background:
Music being listened to - Mostly heavy rock with some softer stuff and hip-hop mixed in. A tough combo, I know but I'm big on vocals so the slightly forward mids of the DJ100s is attractive to me. I like my music to have some punch but I also want it flat enough so that I get some solid clear detail.
Will listen mostly out of my Laptop and iPod. (Like stated-Fiio E7). I'm just a casual listener-not mixing/recording.
Budget: $200 total for headphones and a DAC/Amp (my laptop sound card isn't great so I prefer to bypass that). I could go a little higher if I find something I really like.
Headphones I've tried: Sony 7506 (kinda boring), ATH M50 (felt muddy and recessed in vocals), DT 770s (Really liked the sound but they were pretty bulky and the huge circular earpads didn't work for me-any similar sounding headphones I could try?), SRH 840 (solid but something about them wasn't grabbing me), and these DJ100s which are as close as I've come. I might prefer the DT 770s but I'm wondering if there is an alternative.
Looking for: Closed cans that are over-ear (M50 pads are a good fit). Do NOT have recessed vocals/mids, have decent bass so the music isn't too boring sounding, still have clear instrumentals and are crisp sounding. I'm asking a lot-especially in this price range but the DJ100s are close. I just feel like there may be an extra step I can take. I read these things get better with burn in so I'm still evaluating them but in the meantime I'm curious what some other possibilities could be.
Disclaimer - Not really interested in grado even though they seem to be the Rock kings. I have the E7 DAC/Amp and wonder what headphones would be great with this or if an upgrade is in store for around the same price. Who knows-maybe I already found what I'm looking for.
Let me know if any other information would be helpful! THANKS for any suggestions.
Edited by PortlandMayFire - 3/5/14 at 6:00pm