I've been reading the forum for some time but only signed up recently so I can post. In the past week, I ordered the Moxpad X3 and the TTPOD T1E IEMs plus a cheap SMSL DAC, so I'm at the top of a slippery slope... Anyway, I'd like to get some advice about replacing my old Sony cans (the cushions are peeling, and there's some distortion due to having been dropped a few times too many).
I'm 41; no hearing problems (good for my age category).
I mostly listen to pop/rock/jazz/classical, no electronic music. (To give you some idea: Pink Floyd, Supertramp, Pink Martini, Patricia Barber, Kari Bremnes, Emma Wallace, Sting, choir works, symphonic and chamber music; no opera). I listen to the music and not the equipment, unless it has flaws that are just blaring, like earbuds supplied with cheap phones.
I'll be listening on:
- mobile while on the train (no walking etc., the train is relatively quiet). No big expectations on the train, of course.
- at home, in complete silence, connected to a computer, high quality lossy-compressed or lossless.
I've only owned the following equipment worth mentioning:
- Sony MDR CD450 circumaural (still operational, but somewhat damaged)
- Sennheiser CX200 IEM.
I much prefer the sound of the Sony; to me, the Sennheiser seems to lack the top of the range I might call bass (or the very low end of the mid-range?), trying to compensate with a bump at even lower frequencies, which sounds fake - to me (especially if switching between the Sennheiser and the old Sony). Could be a wearing problem, but I think the tip sits well in my ear, I've tried all three sizes. It's quite comfortable. I bought it at a large retail store here, so I don't think it's a fake (I've read about the counterfeit CX300s).
I don't listen for extended periods (say, 1 hour at most).
On the computer, I currently use the motherboard's sound chip, but want to improve, so I've bought a cheap toslink DAC, the SMSL SD-192 Pro (based on WM8805 and ES9023, $38).
I don't like high volume and harsh-sounding equipment.
My colleague has recently bought a circumaural Sony, I think it was the MDR7506, I liked that, too.
What I'm looking for
I'm looking for closed, comfortable circumaural headphones to use once the kids are asleep. The max. budget (including shipping cost to Hungary) is $100; currently I have a friend who's on a trip to the US, so if I order in the next week or so, I could spare the cost of shipping to Hungary. If I find I want more, I can invest more later.
I plan to buy the phones on ebay/dx/aliexpress or some other online shop. I'm not loyal to any brand. :-)
I've read praise about the NVX Audio XPT100, but I don't want to make the 'FOTM' error, and I have no idea how it compares to what I currently have.
Thanks in advance for any recommendation.
Edited by kofa - 11/6/14 at 1:38pm