Looking for a new desktop headphone.
Currently I own the ATH-M50s and I am quite happy with them, but they are a bit cold, dry and shouty sounding.
Budget: $250 (200€)
Source: Fiio E10
Music: Synth/Power Metal, soundtracks from movies, games and anime
Preferred sound: Big, punchy but clean bass. Warm mids. Sparkly, but not sibilant treble. Some roll off is okay, but it shouldn't sound dull either.
Nice to have features: replaceable ear pads
Not important: velour pads, removeable cable
What I have experiences with so far:
Very good, close to what I want sonically, but on ear only unfortunately
Focal Spirit One S:
Also very nice, but too uncomfortable
Beyerdynamic DT 990:
Bass was all rumble and no impact, painful highs
Philips Fidelio X1:
Rather pleasant, but didn't like ear pads and the bass lacked impact, though less so than DT 990. I think it's an open-back issue?
Too harsh highs
Creative Aurvana Live!:
Pretty nice, but a bit unrefined and bloated lows
V-Moda Crossfade M100:
Awful. Bass was all rumble but no bite, treble was dull except for a harsh peak at 10kHz and every frequency range (bass, mids, highs) felt detached from one another.