Headphone to complement DT 1990
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main genres: jazz, blues, country, ccm

wanted something to offer a different flavour to my dt 1990.
perhaps a deeper bass but not slamming, richer vocals, not as aggressive.
 
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The obvious question- why not DT1770?
 
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Perhaps barring slight differences it’d be quite similar in character?

maybe something warmer? Richer vocals/mids?
 
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My DT1770s are "in the mail" so I don't know. But I think it's going to be very difficult to find something acceptable in the price range that will live up to the detail of the DT1990s.
 
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Ok edited. 3-350 haha! And I’m totally fine waiting out for a used one.

some interesting reads on the elagia, th-xoo ebony which I see sometimes around that price.
 
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I have the Fostex TR-X00 in Mahogany. For jazz, blues, or country you will need some EQ. They are quite an interesting pair of headphones but have recessed mids and are distinctly V-shaped. Vocals are pushed down unacceptably. I think the ebonies may well be too much of a good thing for your genres of choice. You can probably EQ either pair but I find the Fostex not the best choice for all around listening and they also do leak quite a bit even though they're a closed design.
 
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Noir?
 
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I haven't heard them but I understand the Meze is very V shaped. Since @slowth has richer vocals on his list I don't think he will like them.
 
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Steering this Slightly differently

emu team/fostex etc or LCD-2C better complements 1990?
 
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LCD-2C is a great all around headphone. No glaring weaknesses and a lot of positives. The Fostex clan deliver unreal quality of bass but the midrange is too deemphasized for a lot of people. With EQ they're superb though.
 
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