I am looking for headphones that would work as portable, originally i tried to find headphones with similar sound signature with the Akg K240mkII but after trying different headphones i came to the conclusion that i enjoy neutral, balanced sound.
I will list some attributes i would like in the headphones.
Should work directly from Sansa Clip +
Closed back with good noise isolation.
I know close headphones usually don't have very good soundstage, but over time i have started to dislike the INSIDE your head sound that many headphones have. So something with fairly good soundstage is preferred.
Neutral, balanced sound is a must.
How they look, while its not as important as the sound. The Size and fit is important. Of course its always nice that they don't look goofy on your head.
I don't require them to fold or anything. But they should "travel" around the neck.
I know i will have to sacrifice in some department but i hope there is something at least near what i need and want.
If possible, the option to switch to Velour / velvet ear pads.
Detachable cable is a big plus.
My budget limit is something near 150 - 180€ with all the cost involved.
I will list some headphones that i have tried and what bothered me with them.
Last thing what i heard was the KRK KNS 8400, the sound was very good, but felt they lacked mid bass impact slightly.
Over all i think the amout of bass was good. Soundstage was okay. Fit was okay but the looks were quite goofy and slightly troublesome since the headband extents quite far from your head.
I own the Akg K240mkII and enjoy the sound quite a lot, slightly better extention into sub bass and slightly more treble would be great.
Had issues with the ear pads on the Akg K240mkII, pleather ones too shallow, velour too small.
Beyerdynamic DT-770 did not enjoy these one bit. too much bass and i felt it was boomy. The lack of midrange killed the music completely, and felt they lacked clarity and separation. But the soundstage was okay. The clamp was destroying my head.
Over all the look was not bad actually, slightly large for portable use maybe.
Shure SRH440 these had fairly nice sound but had a bit too uncontrolled boomy bass, fit was okay and the looks could work.
Only the sound was little lacking, slightly more cleaner sound would be nice and better bass.
Shure SRH840 while the sound was nice, only a slightly too warm. The fit was horrible, clamping force was far too strong and this was a demo pair in the store.
Tried the Philips Downtown headphones, while the sound was good for the price they had slightly too confined sound, sounding inside my head.
Its very difficult to demo headphones where i live so i am limited to mostly to big department stores that have very limited and bad options. I have listened to some sennheisers like the HD598 and PX-100II and i think one was HD 429 what i can remember they were way too dark and warm also lacking impact from the music.
So far i am thinking the Akg K550 for 133€ + 12 shipping, the fit and size is troubling me. Also no detachable cable (cant demo them before buying).
KRK KNS8400 for 135€ while they had flaws i still liked them but the over all looks and lack of mid bass impact made me hesitant.
So if anybody have any better options i would like to hear them. Thanks
Sorry for the wall of text.
Edited by Notus - 5/26/14 at 4:50am