I currently own the HE-400i, and the Status Audio CB1. While I love both I want to get something closed back but planar, and I keep wondering if the t20 or t50 would be a good replacement for the 400i/CB1.
Mostly just want to keep that planar sound, some decent sound stage… but also be able to listen to music while at home, instead of everything else going on in the apartment.
T50 would be a solid option. It’s not completely closed, though. Also, the T50s need some modding to fulfill their potential. It can be as simple as a pad swap, or you could send them in for an Argon mod.
Another option, look for a used ZMF Classic. It has some sound stage. It’s not huge by any means, but by all accounts, it’s one of the better T50 mods.
The modding thing is something I’d keep away from, aside from pad swapping. I’d basically be aiming for stock t50’s with different pads at some point. Might just pull the trigger on them and see how they do.
It’s been so long since I’ve listened to them unmodded but I know they aren’t overly bright. The pads make a big difference. The ZMF pads should have a better seal with them. Stock T50s do leak some noise.
My honest suggestion would be to look for a used ZMF Classic. You can find them for around $200. I haven’t personally listened to them, but the consensus is, they are a warm headphone with present mids. They have solid bass and detail. It sounds like they would fit what you are looking for.
Is there any option close to that in the 100-200 range? I’ve got the ZMF classic on a sticky note, just wonder if there’s anything else in that range that might be a good option as well. Also I suck at finding used headphones.