Hello, I'm looking for a natural sounding full-size closed headphone for home listening. I tried few headphones, but they all disappointed me in one way or another. What I'm looking for is an audiophile quality headphone that will not have any serious flaws (like bad comfort or sudden frequency response dips/peaks) and that will also have a good lows-mids-highs balance. The issue with closed headphones is that most of them have elevated bass to some extent, which obscures rest of the frequency range, especially in music that already has a lot of bass amount (psytrance). For me the most important part of music is mid and high range melodic synths, not just dull pounding bass. Also good comfort is top priority for me in headphones. Budget is not limited but I'd like to keep it rational (let's say up to $1000, but can go above if it can be really justified).
Headphones I owned:
- Sennheiser HD218 - my first real headphone, used them for about 5 years, after probably around 3 years the artificial leather on pads was completely gone, and I remember that one day I discovered there was much less bass and they were sounding very natural to me
- AKG K518DJ - at first I heard bass... but then I realized that there was nothing else, and returned them next day
- Beyerdynamic T70 - they were very comfortable (most comfortable headphone I ever tried) but bass on the other hand was a bit too thin, and there was frequency peak at around 9kHz which made unpleasant ringing noise in many tracks
- Sennheiser Momentum Over-Ear - headphone I currently own, comfort is very good and sound is pretty decent (very smooth across whole range), but the problem is they have a dark sound signature, i.e. they have a bit too much bass (sometimes I EQ down mid-bass by 3-5 dB) and lack in upper mids what makes them sound slow and lifeless
- Ultrasone PRO 750 - the overall sound signature was better than in Momentums (same amount of bass, but a lot more upper mids energy) but the comfort was very bad, earpads were hard and made my skin itch, so I returned them
I've read many GoldenEars reviews and I have found them to be accurate, their rating system is interesting (I wonder if they rate headphones just by looking on FR measurements or by listening). This is the GE rating of probably ideal headphone I'm seeking:
Transparency / Coloration: 5
High resolution: 5
Treble relative to midrange: 0-1
Treble texture: 2 (not sure about this, I think that rougher treble makes music sound more realistic but less pleasant)
Bass relative to midrange: 0-1
Bass texture: 5
I'm currently considering buying Denon D2000, I know they are discontinued but they have a good rating on GoldenEars (close to my ideal), and they measure very well (flat from top to bottom, except dip around 3kHz in some measurements). But there are opinions that they lack in mids and have bloated sub-bass.
I also thought about getting Shure SRH-940, and modding them with Alpha or SRH-1540 pads as default ones look similar to those in PRO 750. They also have good GE rating, and great measurements (flat with some emphasis on lower and upper mids) except Beyer-like peak in treble, but it's better than peaks in bass. And I suppose they will also sound fast, caused by nice bass/upper mids ratio.
Also, if that's relevant, my current source is JDSLabs O2+ODAC combo.
There are some of my favorite songs that I would like to enjoy on new headphones:
Thanks in advance and sorry for my bad English, as it's not my native language :).