Originally Posted by TheTodd Hello everyone, I am new to this forum but have been on it several times over the past year. Everyone seems to be very helpful and kept non constructive criticism to a minimum too . I am still new in the audiophile world and look forward to learning and being able to experience more. About a year ago I purchased my MDR-XB700's. I wanted something that was comfortable and within my price range at the time. I listen to all sorts of music to include Rock, Techno and Rap. I really enjoy the bass of these headphones but I must say its really loose and not tight at all. I don't get that punch out of these that I want. In the car audio world they seem more like 15's and I want them tight like 10's or even some 12's So now that I have a little more money to spend I was wanting a couple opinions on what I can upgrade to. I still enjoy and want good bass but more importantly I want it to be tight and punch and I also want more full and crisp sound from the highs. I am an Electronics Tech and I sit at my bench for ten hours a day so I would want something comfortable too but not a huge priority. There are also a lot of times that I like to really crank up the volume to the point that XB700's distort I certainly don't want that either, I mean I know there is a threshold but im certain its higher than what these can handle. I listen to music through my iPhone, I stream music through Pandora and Spotify, the music I have stored on my phone is all 320kbs and lossless audio. I have a Schiit Magni that is also in line and as for price goes I can spend roughly 600$. I hope there is something within that price range that will satisfy me and I figured if I asked the professionals (you guys) then I can easily pin point the right ones to buy. Thank you all in advanced.
The Sig DJ, IMO, has a fantastic sound that is a big step up from your XB700 for sure. This is what I would call an audiophiles basshead can in as much as it has prominent bass which does not leak out into the mids and highs, and unlike your muddy xb700, the Sig DJ's bass is tight, punchy and controlled - I've read some members refer to the Sig DJ as some of the best sounding bass heard on a headphone and I personally understand such praise as it really is IMO fantastically presented, and responds well to EQing should you wish to play around with tweaking the sound.
The mids and highs are crisp and clear as is the overall sound signature which gives a decent soundstage and airy feel rather than congested.
These cans are also quite light weight, not too big form factor, very comfortable - Ethiopian sheepskin leather earpads and headband = very wow and luxurious and come supplied with a beautiful and robust carry case.
Another key feature as why I recommend this can to you is fact that this can doesn't particularly require dedicated amplification to get an amazing sound which enables you to continue using your smartphone as source - direct plug and play. I usually use my Sig DJ's plugged directly into my iPad and the sound quality is superb.
You mentioned in PM to myself you were considering the Fostex TH600, ULTRASONE pro 900 and Audio Technica W1000X.
The Fostex TH600 are a lot bigger cans and possibly unsuitable for your workplace in as much as the non removable cable is very long and you'd have to pick up the slack and carry it around with you or remove headphones whilst you got whatever from the other side of the room, and I think you'd get tired of that kind of restriction/inconvenience very quickly. The Sig DJ's come with two cables, one long coiled DJ type with 6.3mm adapter and one regular cable with 3.5mm adapter ideally suited for using with your smartphone - it also has a track stop/play remote on cable too. The Fostex don't have much clamping force either so moving your head forward may cause them to slip forward too, causing you to constantly readjust. The disadvantages of the FOSTEX are the same got the ATH-W1000X.
I can't comment on the pro 900's as I've never heard them.
Another thing worth mentioning is apparently the Sig DJ's are now discontinued so existing stocks at stores and online will slowly start to diminish, so if you do decide to go for them, I wouldn't hang about.
Regardless of my recommendation, it's always advised if possible, for you to hear for yourself before you lay down your green.
Whatever headphone you do eventually choose - are you buying online or do you have a local audio store to hear them first hand?
Personally I love the Sig DJ for a refined yet very practical audiophile can with a wow factor sound, and based on what I've read about your preferences, think you may also too.
You can find photos of my Sig DJ's on my headphones album in the gallery, which gives you an idea of the carry case and cables etc, starting at below link: