Originally Posted by alabrand
Alright, change of plans. I've narrowed down my selection to two: The Onkyo ES-FC300 and the AKG K550. Both look very well, sound very well and have a lot of favorable reviews. Now, I'm wondering, which one is the better choice, price not accounted for?
Decided to go closed? That I can work with.
Between the two, there is no "better choice," given the minimalist criteria you've shared. If you're still after something lightweight, the Onkyo ES-FC300s are much lighter than the AKG K550s. I'd say the Onkyos are pretty warm-to-neutral sounding, and have slightly better isolation (-2dB difference). I can't speak from experience, but since the AKG K550s have larger drivers, they probably have a wider soundstage. I'd say treble is a little bit better on the ES-FC300s, but that's up to personal choice. Don't worry about the FC300s being an on-ear, by the way; the pads are big enough to accommodate your entire ear if you have medium-ish sized ears. My opinion is kind of slanted since I've bought FC300s and not K550s. Either is a good option.
EDIT: If you're looking at the Sony MDR-1Rs, I'd say they're more treble-friendly than the other two aforementioned headphones. FC300s are a little bit cheaper and they have the same driver size. The treble will sound better in things like rock and metal, i.e. something with a lot of cymbals, and other instruments that bring out the highs. FC300s would probably sound better for a wider range of genres because they sound more neutral. I haven't listened to the MDR-1Rs, but I don't really see any problem with them.
Edited by Dragonzeanse - 4/20/14 at 9:42am