After having done a fair bit of reading in the forums I have finally arrived at my shortlist for my next headphones. Trouble is, I'm not sure what I exactly want besides the ambiguous aim for 'something mindblowing'. Needs to be closed as I will use for commuting. And should look reasonably cool because I'm a bit shallow in that regard, but not at a significant expense of sound quality. That would be blasphemous :D My budget is £300 max but the cheaper the better.
Mad Dog 3.2 - main force attracting me to this is curiosity about planar drivers and its iterative back story. Is it pretty much the best I can get for £270? A poor man's Audeze LCD-2?
V Moda M100 - main attraction is the design and build quality. If it compares well with Mad Dog then I'll pick this one.
AKG K550 - best soundstage for closed phones in this range? Is it better than Mad dog too?
Thinksound on1 - shoot me for being superficial but that wood looks really warm and inviting. I'm hoping the sound is on par with others in this list?
I listen to mainly classical, soundtracks and pop. Not looking for boring reference nor Beats nonsense. maybe a fun reference? Which I believe all of the above would be. Something that will also help me learn and identify sound theory concepts, there is a course on audio engineering in Coursera that I would like to take this year.
Headphones I dropped from my final shortlist:
Custom one pro - would be great for learning and looks good to boot but sound is probably a bit meh compared to M100 and Mad Dog 3.2?
MDR-1R - I got more excited about others than this
Sennheiser Momentum - listened to it in a store and didn't really blow me over
V Moda M80 - M100 is newer and shinier :|
Fischer Jubilate - these wooden headphones make me feel all warm inside just looking at them. Reviews sound great too. Unfortunately I cannot find a place to purchase them in the UK. How would it compare to others in this list do you reckon?
If money was no object I would probably get an Alpha dog for closed and a Grado rs2i for open. And a Fischer Jubilate to take selfies with. Just kidding, I'm not really that vain. I just love 3d printed engineering. or wood. soundstage too. and a bit of bass for epic soundtracks, but I'm not a basshead. Please help me decide!