After purchasing the fidelio X1 last year, I realized that I should upgrade my portable setup as well.
I've been living with the Sennheiser 212 pro for as long as I can remember (awesome value for a ridiculously small price !), and while I still intend to use them as long as they function, I need something better for everyday's commute.
What I'm looking for in terms of sound is ideally something close to my X1 : wide and airy (as much as can be for a closed pair), with a tight bass, but not too overwhelming, a bit on the fun side. I don't really like when the treble dominates the sound, I prefer a good balance between mids / bass and a relatively discrete treble (not too much!).
Cans should be circumaural, as I never found any comfortable supraaural pair, but you can advise me otherwise. Above all, they have to be durable, as I would wear them almost everyday to go to work, or while travelling (which I do quite a lot).
I've been looking at closed, portable cans for a while now and I must say I am a bit out of ideas, or can't seem to decide on one.
Here is what I've been looking at / tried :
- Sennheiser Momentum : an obvious upgrade from my 212 Pro, I tried them a couple times at an airport. It's obviously not the best place to try headphones, but it gave me a general idea of its sound signature. I found the bass to be a bit too punchy, in a way that it drowns out the other frequencies, and limits the airiness of the sound.
- Bower and Wilkins : tried all their models, never seemed to like it for some reason.
- NAD Viso HP 50 : tried those once for a limited amount of time, i thought they had a great soundstage for closed cans, but i didnt have enough time to analyse their sound signature, so those are still a possibility.
- Bang & Olufsen H6 : those cans look great, but I never tried them, so any advice on those is appreciated
- I actually bought the Thinksound On1, even though they are on ear, but encountered various problems with those that made the experience just uncomfortable : Clamping force too tight, microphonics were annoying, and the treble was too dominant for my taste. I even encountered some sibilance. I had to return them. They looked awesome though.
- I looked at the AEDLE VK1, which looks great as well, but since they are supraaural, im not sure how they would suit me.
That's about all I've thought about, but I'm sure there are some hidden gems out there ! So if you have any recommendations, please let me know.
Price wise, I wouldnt mind paying below 500pounds, but I can spend more if it's really worth it.
Sorry for the amount of text, do let me know if you need any precisions.