Hi audiohphiles, I had almost decided on the ZMF v1 for my next pair of headphones based on advice from a previous thread, but have been reading on a few other options as well in the <$500/£300 closed/semi-open headphones with the best soundstage and decent/fun bass category. I listen to mainly soundtracks, pop and classical, and will use it for commuting as well, so should be not too unportable.
ZMF v1 or 2
AKG Q701 Quincy Jones
Audio Technica ath-a900x
NAD Viso HP50
I am still leaning towards ZMF v1 but do any of the above have better soundstage? I think overall the ZMF would still come out on top but would like to hear what others think.
For those interested in similar headphones, my findings below may be useful to you.
- If you are willing to go above my budget, the Alpha dogs, ATHW100x and Ultrasone Signature Pro are good choices it seems.
- If you want to go for the minimum budget, Samson HR850 are the best bet BUT they may leak too much for commuting purposes. Somic efi-82 mt is the next best option and is closed.
- The ones I dropped from my list are:
AKG 267 - not the best value for money
Mad Dog 3.2 - ZMF is comparable and cheaper
K550 - too thin/flat
Vmoda M100 - bass heavy and soundstage not exceptional
Fischer Jubilate - mediocre relative to others
MDR-1R - ousted by others on the list
Beyer DT770 - A900x is better
Beyer Custom one pro - nothing exceptional
Edited by fireflyfu - 4/12/14 at 9:37am