I don’t know if there even is a headphone that fits my criteria, but I’m open to suggestions.
Looking to spend less than €800, but less is better of course.
As for what I’m looking for, and what I have tried, just to give an idea… starting with what I’m hoping to find.
Sound-wise, I prefer:
A more forward mid-range, perhaps a little bit of warmth, but still with some ‘air’ up top - just no harsh treble or bad sibilance issues.
I’m a big fan of the AD2000 sound but the wing system and lack of tilt swivel is killing it for me- I currently have the AD1000X with some Brainwavz earpads, and all the pressure goes in one place giving me a headache, plus the openings are only 60mm making it too small for my Dumbos.
As for comfort, I would love to have something around 70mm or taller for my ears, as they are about 72mm in height, and more than 50mm wide. I do not like leather or pleather because it’s not very breathable - I feel this aspect might really limit me but my skin is really sensitive to sweat irritations
Weight is also important as I tend to use them for 6-10 hours a day, depending on what I do.
Clamping should be on the lighter side, as my head is quite wide.
Additionally… I like good build quality. I’m a sucker for ultralight things, and would love for it to be on the lighter side (sub 400 grams) while also being nicely built and not randomly imploding - I have had a few HiFiMAN headphones that I absolutely loved the sound from, but the comfort levels were bad and 2 of them failed on me more than once.
Not really sure what makes build quality good, but I’ve always been happy with Audio Technica and Sony headphones when it comes to look and feel.
I would also really like it if the cable was replaceable.
Worth mentioning - I have an iFi Nano iDSD Black Label DAC/amp combo, and hope to be using this with the headphones as well, not really looking to replace it.
And lastly, as for past headphone experiences-
I’ve tried HD800 but I find the midrange to treble transition a little too abrupt, the treble is just a little forward and sharp, even in the “S” version of the headphones.
HD600/650/660S/580 - these are decently comfortable, but the pads are very uncomfortable for me (super stiff, and when they get worn in, they become too shallow), and using replacement pads on these didn’t satisfy when it comes to sound.
Beyer ‘treble spike’ in the T1 is too much, as well as having too small openings in the pads.
Focal Elex definitely do well in the sound quality department, but the weight actually became too much.
Audeze LCD-2C were nice sounding, but even heavier than the Focal.
Usually heavier headphones are fine for the first hour or two, but after that, it gets to me.
Sorry for the wall of text, just not able to find anything that works for me, feels like I might have missed a few headphones in my search
If there are any headphones that might fit well on large heads/ears, but requires modding/pad swap, I’m very interested in hearing about that as well! I like the idea of customizing the last bit by myself.
Really appreciate any help/advice!