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Open-back upgrade from Ultrasone HFi-580?

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I've been browsing the buying guides, but I'd like to get some specific recommendations from the experts. My wife has taken over my Ultrasone HFi-580, but she's given me clearance to replace them. I love the bass of the 580s, but I'd love to try an open back headphone. If I could find something with similar bass performance, but more spacious soundstage and more refined mids & highs, that would be perfect. (I'm using them for music only, from acoustic folk to rock and hip hop.) I tend to prefer smooth, forgiving sound.

I'd be using them with a Schitt Vali 2 (which tends to take care of the smooth part) and Dragonfly Red when going mobile, so smartphone-level impedance and efficiency is not a requirement.

Oh, and a replaceable cable would be great.

Any recommendations in the $150-$300 range?

Thanks so much!


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Philips Fidelio X1 (possibly X2)

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Philips Fidelio X1 (possibly X2)


Thanks! I'll definitely put the X1/X2 on the short list.


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