Hey everyone, this is my first post here, glad to be part of the community after lurking for a few weeks. I’ve been heavily researching for the right headphones to suit my needs for the last 2-3 weeks, and the more info I get the more indecisive I become. Such an overwhelming amount of options, and I just get deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole of indecisiveness due to these options.
I listen to a variety of music, pretty much everything but with an emphasis on EDM and hip-hop. I also plan to use my headphones for watching movies and TV shows, as well as lots of gaming (mostly singleplayer and some multiplayer but nothing too competitive). So I do think I’m looking for something with a good amount of bass, as well as being immersive for movies and singleplayer games. However, I do also appreciate detail, clarity, separation of instruments, and good vocals as well. I am willing to get either an open back or a closed back, but also willing to get both since I do run into lots of situations where I need the isolation of a closed back but also really love the open airy immersive sound of an open back. I’m lenient on my budget here, just nothing too expensive or past $400-500 total or something.
And now I do have a bit of experience with a couple of headphones I’ve tried out in the last week or so, and I’ve also had a pair of M50X’s for the past two years. Another big thing for me is comfort, something my M50X did not have, I am very sensitive to clamp and unfortunately have a large head, so I really hate wearing my M50X for more than an hour or two.
I have tried a Sony MDR1AM2, which was ok but didn’t impress me too much and the earcups were too small for me, despite liking the low clamp. I’ve also tried a SHP9600 and a Fidelio X2HR, of the two I really loved the X2HR the most and I felt like it fulfilled most of my needs. The bass was great and I adored the massive soundstage. However, the clamp is way too high for me and despite leaving them to stretch on a box for about a week, they show no sign of loosening up and it is borderline painful how tight they are. I get very sore wearing them and they are also just really heavy/uncomfortable. The 9600 was much better in terms of comfort, but I felt it was lacking in sound compared to the X2. These 3 headphones I will most likely return if I can find something better.
So for open backs, I was looking at the HD 599, which looks very comfortable from what I’ve read, but saw that the FR is very similar to the 9600. How different are these actually? Also the soundstage probably isn’t as big as the X2 right? One of the things I greatly preferred the X2 over the 9600 was the bigger soundstage, and also I felt like the overall detail/clarity was much better on the X2. Also, the bass just sounded better on the X2. Would the 599 be too similar to the 9600 in these aspects? Another option I’m looking at is the DT 990, which I think is comparable to the X2 somewhat, but I still don’t know.
As for closed backs, I’ve been looking at lots but I think I narrowed it down to the Meze 99 Classics/Noir (same thing) and the DT 770. How do these two stack up compared to each other, especially for my needs? I’m a bit worried on the clamp of the 770, how is it compared to the X2? And I’m also a little doubtful of the small earcups of the Meze 99, as the MDR1AM2 was too small for me.
Thanks for any help, sorry for the long post but I’m just really lost on all these options. I’m also open to any other suggestions for either category as well, I’ve been reading a lot into planars that have caught my eye, but comfort is kind of putting me off from them.