Originally Posted by ThePope3290
My ATH M50 sounds better than it ever has with this DAC. very happy with it
I guess I should've mentioned I would like to move on to a more neutral sounding phone..something more balanced overall but still bumps in the low end when turned up loud
the Beyerdynamic DT line seems like the next logical step..but I'm still trying to do some research on the differences between dt 770, dt 880, and the respective ohms
I don't think beyer would be your go to if trying to move into more neutral. I believe they either have v-shaped sound signatures or fatiguing treble or something, though I never really played with them & ppl here frown upon sound sig statements without real life experience, so don't take my comments too seriously.
Ohms has no effect on sound quality or sound signature.
What is your budget? Does noise isolation of open/closed matter to you?
If you have the money and want to get a classic open pair of fullsized headphones that require amping, Sen HD600/HD650 or the AKG Q701/K701/K702, 612 pro/k712 all are considered to be pretty audiophile in terms of neutralness and linearity. There are particularities of their sonic characteristics people here quibble about but you need to really just listen to yourself & make your own call. Significantly improved sound quality & amazing bass but not exactly neutral (upper mid recession & small treble spike) would be the HE-400, now $300 new or dirt cheap used.