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Looking for a new set of cans to compliment my current collection (Sony v6, Grado sr80i, Koss Porta-Pro)

  1. beardguise
    I love my Sony v6s and my Grado sr80s. The Porta-Pros aren't balanced enough for me (too bass heavy). I've considered modding them, and I probably will at some point.
    All of my listening will be done at a desktop, with my headphones amplified by a Focusrite 2i4 interface.
    Anyway, I'm looking for something new. I don't have a preference as to open/closed. I want something that's fairly honest, as I use my headphones to check my audio recordings and listen to music. I just want to check my mixes on a bunch of cans to make sure there's nothing that I'm missing with my current setup.
    My musical preferences stem around acoustic stuff, singer-songwriter solo work, rock, classical, and indie electronic stuff. I'm not a bass-head, and I don't really do the whole EDM/rap thing.
    I'm looking for some recommendations, provided you guys have some to give. I don't really want to jump to the $100+ level, but I'm starting to think that this is really the place where I'll start to see more noticeable gains in SQ from what I currently have. I just want something that I'll enjoy.
    I've been considering the following cans:
    AKG 240 - $80
    Superlux 861 - $30
    Koss ProDj100 - $40
    Sennheiser HD 558 - $140 (I would probably mod them to to sound more like the 598)
    I've tried the m50s and I found them unsuitable for me. They were okay comfort-wise, but I didn't like their whole warm mushy sound. They didn't have the more detailed sound that the v6s have.
    I've tried the senn 280s and I hate their hollowed mids. Can't stand them.
    I've also listened to some beyer 990 pros, which are okay but the treble is funky. Too metallic sounding or something.
    I want to try some AKG cans, but I haven't had an opportunity to listen to a pair.
    I'm not quite prepared to jump on anything just yet, but I would like to have an idea of some particular cans I can hunt for.
    Thanks for your time!
  2. KG Jag
    I'd go with the HD 558.  It should best complement what you currently have and is at least a half step up in class.
    My second choice from your list would be the K 240.
    Next stop: the Q 701 or DT 880.
  3. beardguise
    What will the 558s offer over what I'm listening to already? Anything they'll shine on in particular?
  4. KG Jag

    Sound stage, Senn mids and the excellent Senn entry level audiophile sound signature.

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