You are both correct in some way ;)
@Kramer - I love how akg are built and what cushions they use (when not using terrible velour which I dislike). Can You tell me which of the ~200$ or below models have removable cable, because 550 did not had it
Yeah. I always knew that upgrading from CAL! would be a tough one. M50X is prolly a great headphone and it is available here but only online and at over 200$ price which is incredibly weird to me(some pricing in Poland/europe is terrible for those popular brands like hifiman, ath and more). Creative and gaming brands are rather cheaply priced.
Actually Couple of Years ago I've owned fatality MKII.... BEST EARPADS I've ever used. memory foam, fantastic seal, great vibration with bass.... but the sound was muddy overall, headband hurted my head and l/r was not balanced for some weird reason. That made me think that gaming headphones are actually a great value and some searching in that area also have to be done
I guess I will hold on with upgrading, save some more money and then maybe invest into something like that m50x, one of sony(mdr-1r) or philips flagships. Some akg might also be a good choice especially for build quality. I never liked sennheisers apart from their iems, so that makes the list easier.
Ultimately Philips uptown + recabling seems like IDEAL headphone. But I lack a technical skills to embed jack into uptown's earbud. Actually top of Fidelio line is exactly that. Uptowns and removable jack.
I am not looking for ultimate sound. Just something that sound like cal and is extremely comfortable like uptowns and versitale like mdr-1r with its removable cable.
For now, I am out to make a headphone stand and maybe search for some CAL! mods. Actually It is a great headphone for modding it seems
Thanks for help and opinions. Not sure what I will do next. Think I might do some reading on uptowns recabling (edit: nvm.. they have to be broken to open them and its a chore to work with them so uptowns are OUT) so CAL! it is
edit2: Also, my gf is washing my head for spending way to much money on my hobby recently so that does not make thing easier :P
Edited by HiCZoK - 4/5/14 at 3:41pm