Hi all, long time Australian lurker, just registered and first post.
HP: Takstar Pro 80, Superlux HD661, Samson SR850
Amp: Fiio E07K
Source: Clevo laptop, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Denon AVR-2113 (mainly playing Spotify, small amount of FLAC)
- Movie soundtracks like Gladiator, Last Samurai, Tron:Legacy (especially like Hans Zimmer and James Horner)
- Pretty wide range of Billboard Top 100 stuff (John legend, Katy Perry, Jason Mraz, Lorde, Ed Sheeran, etc.)
- I like a pretty wide range of stuff, but mainly looking for something to stir me emotional - songs that are calming or soulful, that are dramatic or uplifting, or just have a really nice beat to get the head bopping and feet tapping
In terms of my current usage, I use the Pro 80 and SR850 about 50/50 and almost never the HD661 (except when I travel which is once a year). I prefer the semi-open and airier sound of the SR850, but also do like the Pro 80 for that more intimate closed-cans sound for certain music. The Pro 80 has a harder hitting and smoother sounding bass. The SR850 seems a bit gravelly in the mid-bass, but it does extend low enough for that bass impact especially in soundtracks.
The highs of the SR850 are probably a tad nicer than the Pro80.
Soundstage also goes to SR850.
I prioritise airiness and soundstage, so I'm leaning towards another semi-open or open can.
So... with all of this in mind, where to next in this journey?
I've read that the Pro 80 and SR850 punch well above their price-range often being labelled as sounding 'as good as $150 headphones'. So what does that mean for me in terms of upgrading to something that is significantly better/worthwhile?
I don't intend on changing amps at the moment, but if it ends up being the weak link, then I can consider/budget for it.
So far, I've done research on these and are on the shortlist: (and price in AUD$ I can get them for)
Sony MDR-MA900 ($265)
DT880 Pro-250 ($300)
DT880 Premium-250 ($300)
DT990 Pro-250 ($200 very good price at Amazon atm)
Phillips Fidelio L1 ($199)
Hifiman HE400 ($339)
Can anyone help with some advice on which of these best suit me? Which is best bang for buck?