So I have been using these sennheiser HD 650 headphones for years. They're great, they have no obvious glaring flaws. They sound good, they're comfortable as hell, they feel so light and formless on my head it's sort of amazing (I've tried a lot of headphones that clamp, hurt, feel not right. These ones are just a really good fit. Sennheiser seems to be on their game in that regard. I own a pair of sennheiser momentum headphones and those are some of the most comfortable I've ever had too).
I've tried so many other headphones. I had the Audeze LCD-2 for a while. It was not the one with fazors, and it broke. The right side driver died. They were rather uncomfortable because of the clamping pressure and rather hot, so they weren't the right choice. But they were more lively and detailed, I felt more immersed in the music, they had a very musical sound. I've tried the hifiman he-400 headphones, briefly, a few years ago, for a week. They were too dark, I didn't like the laid back analytical sound.
I also have a bunch of other lower end headphones, like the akg k240 for my guitar amp, the sony mdr v6 for my electric drum kit, the sennheiser hd558 which I used for a while before upgrading to the sennheiser hd650 (and usually switch back to when the cord for the 650 periodically breaks), the sennheiser momentum and the Denon AH-MM400 (these sound really good for non metal music, but they are uncomfortable as hell without replacement ear pads) for portable use.
The thing is, I just want some more variety. I really like the sennheiser hd650s, but I would like to have more variety in my headphone stock. I've never tried electrostatic headphones, so I'm merely curious about the Koss headphones. Someone told me the hifimans are a logical upgrade to the sennheiser HD650s and are better than audeze lcd-2, and I've heard multiple people say there's better headphones than the audeze lcd-2 for less.
I use schiitz magni 2 and modi for my dac and amp, and I have thought about upgrading but probably won't be any time soon, considering I'm skeptical about the necessity of upgrading an amplifier. I've heard from some audio mythbuster style folk on youtube that you only really need an amplifier that can drive your headphones to a decent level without any superfluous noise. That being said, phew! I know this has been quite the long journey through all my selfish and obsessive whims, but I thank you whoever took up the task of reading it! Your help would be appreciated.
I'm just going off of the headphones in the buying guide for my choices. I'm looking for phones under 1000. That's not a glass ceiling either lol, that's the edge of the universe.
Note: I would like to add that I am looking for headphones that sound good with poorly recorded music. I find that the hd650 work very well with poorly recorded music, and so did the lcd-2. I just watched a review that said the Koss would not sound good with poorly recorded music, and I also hear the focal Elear would not either.
Here is a glance at the genres I listen to
Edited by VocaloidDude - 3/18/17 at 1:12pm