Okay. I’ve had ATH-M50x’s for years, currently looking to upgrade. I’ve tried HD 650’s, Fidelio X2’s, T40rp’s, returned all of them within an hour. I don’t know what is wrong with me but my ears are relentlessly telling me to stick with the M50x’s. Nothing sounds better than them. I’m not trolling btw.
Does anyone have any recommendations for a set of headphones that I can truly call better than the M50x’s? Or should I see a doctor or maybe even end my life? Worth noting that I’d prefer closed back headphones because my computer sounds like a leaf blower, not kidding.
By the way, I’m using a Rode AI-1 because it’s what I have on hand and I’d rather not dump my entire bank account on a set of headphones plus an amp. I also have a Sound BlasterX AE-5 (yikes I know) lying around.
Also some notes about my quick experiences with the mentioned headphones.
650: Clamp force too strong, felt like my head was being ran over by a truck. Sound felt very flat and uninteresting, also sounded incredibly muffled.
X2: Was absolutely better than the 650s, but still sounded very muffled, uninteresting and it sounded like I was listening to music from like 50 yards away.
T40rp: Immediately after unboxing I wanted to return them. Felt like a $5 set of headphones, super cheap feeling. Put them on with the stock ear pads and that idea was then 100% solidified that it was marked up by 180%. Sound was again, uninteresting, flat and also sounded distant.