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I love my Sportapros and ATH-M50s but haven't heard much else... what's my sonic "style"?

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Title basically says it all. I have limited experience listening to different headphones, so I'm basing my preferences off of the few I own and have heard in the past.

 

My trusty sportapros have been my knockaround gym and work phones for a few years now. I don't think they sounded this great when I first bought them, but I listened to quite a bit of pink and brown noise while studying for school in the past year, and now they sound fantastic (or I've given in to their sonic signature and just gotten used to them). My ATH-M50's sound even better. I can't articulate exactly what it is about these phones, but they both have a certain clarity that I really enjoy, without sacrificing impact, if that makes sense. The M50s give acoustic insturments an amazing richness that I really enjoy, and they're articulate without being cold in any way.

 

All that said, I was given a pair of Sony MDR-X05's that don't suit me. While they are the most comfortable pair of phones I've ever worn (with killer isolation to boot), the bass is overwhelming to the point where vocals and guitars feel distant and somewhat obscured. As a guy who listens to a lot of rock based genres of different extremes (folk and jangle pop on one end, death, black, and doom metal on the other) but very little dance or hip hop, I assume I'm just not a basshead.

 

But with the headphones that I do like... what category do they fall under? It's hard to research other types of headphones (such as IEMs) when I'm not sure which I should be looking at.

post #2 of 4

You seem to like colored headphones, with emphasized bass and treble and deephasized mids vs. neutral.  Many people like this sound signature.  In headphones your next logical step up might be the Beyer DT 990.

 

However, I suggest that you give more neutral cans a listen.  The DT 880, AKG K 712, Senn HD 598, 600 and/or (even the less neutral) HD 650.

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Thanks for the quick response! Just for a better sense of context, when you say "colored" would that be similar to when other users describe certain picks as "fun"? As a former professional bass player I'm used to seeing bass and treble forward tones described as "scooped", (which, oddly enough, is not my preferred tonal signature when i'm playing in a band), but I'm still trying to wrap my head around the different vernacular in the headphone world.

 

I mainly ask because I was recently reading through some of the mega roundup threads (such as the giant IEM rundown), and they were broken into categories like "balanced", "mid", "analytical", "bass", "warm and sweet", and so forth. Using those standards, would I be looking more toward the "warm and sweet" spectrum of gear?

 

And yes, I definitely want to spend some more time with some neutral sounding cans when I get the chance!

 

PS. Any recommendations in the ultra portable section that I might enjoy the sound of? Functionally speaking, I mean something akin to a Sennheiser PX200-II -- a headphone I haven't heard, but the form factor looks like it would suit my needs. Thanks again!

post #4 of 4

My current favorite for portable use is the PSB M4U 1.  It is more in a neutral vein.  Don't know if it's in your budget or close enough to your preferred sound signature.

 

"Colored means something other than neutral or neutral-ish.  A "colored" headphone can certainly be "fun" for some or even many.  It can also be no or not much fun for others.

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