I'm new here as I'm sure you can see. I've had a paid of ATH-AD700's for a few years now - I do love them but at the time I got them because they were a good price and about the best headphone I could afford. Now I have a bit more cash - and recently I was lucky to pick up the ATH-W1000X at a good price, but when they arrived I was a bit disappointed. I'm definitely an open headphone guy - the W1000X's just aren't comfortable to me, and although the detail in the sound is beautiful (to my ears) I can't help thinking I'd get the same sort of thing from say, the AD1000X's, but with the comfort and "sound space" of an open headphone. Oh, also, I don't need isolation (I know you're probably asking why I bought an isolated headphone but... yeah I'm stupid).
Now I make no secret of being an Audio-Technica fanboy. I like the wing system, I like the sound, and I don't (think) I want to be messing around with amps etc., so easy to drive is good. However if you really want to make other brand recommendations, feel free. I do have a Xonar STX so driving a bit more impedance shouldn't be a problem.
The problem is, I just can't decide on which ATH-AD...
There seems to be a problem with basically every one of them:
AD900 - hard to get now, they'll either be in fairly worn condition, or new, where they are a fair bit more expensive than their newer 900X's.
AD900X - SOME reports that sacrificed overall sound quality for more bass on this model? Not sure what the general consensus was, but initially I saw a fair few people who preferred the original AD900's. Also I'd probably prefer a BIGGER upgrade to the 700. The price of the 900X's is hard to resist though.
AD1000X - admittedly there isn't a PROBLEM with these - reviews seem favourable etc., price is good - just not sure whether they're "right" for me before I dive in.
AD2000 - the most expensive of the bunch (more expensive by about $80 than the 2000X) - but general consensus SEEMS to be that they are one of AT's great sets? It really does seem like people don't like the newer 2000X's nearly as much...
AD2000X - said above what the "problem" is... but I am a sucker for an "RRP saving", and RRP compared to what I can get these 2000X's for seems awesome...
Yeah OK so I should probably just go for the 1000X's, but I dunno if I'd always be wanting that "upgrade" to the 2000 or 2000X's... it's irrational, but I'd like (if possible) clarification of whether my perceived "problems" with each model is even true... and what your more learned impressions are.
Source: combination of Xonar STX card, and standard headphone jack from an AV receiver (for movies)
Acoustic guitars and clean electric
Alternative pop (Regina Spektor/Fiona Apple etc.)
All kinds, and almost as often as music
Thank you all.