I recently asked for a price from creative on the e-mu teak’s (for no particular reason) and they’re $450 for fixed cable and $500 for removable cable… M0N mentioned them and they’re similar to the ebony’s… might be worth looking into
I did find the 177x more comfortable out of the box. Regardless I pad swapped to larger pads. Even after different pads I find myself reaching for the 177x over the 99 simply because I prefer single connectors vs. dual. I do not regret either set though. The 99s are great to walk the dog with probably because of the larger head support band.
As to Blon B20, I have the SendyAudio Aiva’s. Aiva’s are my favorite. Just wish the Aiva’s would breath a bit as my ears get hot after a while even in cold PNW winters. I kind of want to pad swap these as well but have not been needing to this far.
I think they are super unique. Mainly the presentation of the music. They recreate spaces in a very unique way, as if you are in an auditorium or a club. There is a kind of reverb to them that is hard to describe. They are just hard to describe in general lol. The sub bass is very nice and tight, yet not lacking in quantity at all, the whole bass region is very pleasing. I think they have a sort of W shaped sound signature. I would definitely say they are my favorite headphones I have for bass too, it is very good.
The Fostex is more a fun exciting headphone its comes in order of bassyness: ebony, teak and purple hearts versions. the Denon AH-D5200 is a more natural neutral headphone and is the least expensive of their 3 models. the EMU is in beween the Fostex and Denon. all can be found on ebay used.
My advice would be to look for remaining stock of the Denon D7200 if still available. There were some great offers at on point ( I got mine for £330). Beautifully made, very comfortable with a sound that is well balanced but with enough low end kick to give it some fun. I prefer it to the Fostex alternatives, although it was very expensive when released.
Just got my NIGHTHAWK CARBON today !
this is sound like argonmk3 but without the treble spikes,more comfortable,more detail,better bass PUNCH,better resolution,i think this just have straight up better driver tech which any mods cant reach
overall i am very happy it will be a very long time before il chose another fun headphone thnx guys !