Hello everyone and Merry Christmas! I’m looking for some help choosing my first set of audiophile headphones. I primarily listen to music every evening sitting on my front porch while vaping weed and nicotine based products using a pair of Bluetooth headphones from Audio Technica, I believe the model is ATH-SR50BT. They have been alright headphones however they are a pain to charge as they constantly stop charging after as little as 5 minutes most of the time. So when Apple announced the AirPods Max and so many of the reviews were so glowing I thought I’d get a pair. Then I saw A review by DMS about them where he called them the best of the worst and I got to thinking, I primarily use headphones sitting on the porch 95% of the time so I don’t need things like noise cancellation, transparency or event Bluetooth really. So I started looking into wired headphones around that same price and realized I could get much better sound this way.
Now, as I stated, I primarily listen to music on my front porch so my music comes from my iPhone using the Tidal app and adding an amp that needs to be plugged into the wall is out of the question as well. So I am looking for something that can be powered fine from my iPhone or using a portable dac/amp combo (I’ve been looking at the fiio q1 mkii as a possibility). So far the headphones that have piqued my interest during my research have been the Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro (I LOVE how they look and people seem to rave about them but they might be too hard to drive in my situation? I’m not sure), Sennheiser HD660s, Beyerdynamic DT 177x Go, and the Drop THX Pandas on the wireless side as a distant consideration.
For reference the ways I listen to music now are primarily the Audio Technica ATH-SR50BT, then AirPods Pro while on the og or working out or cycling, and then lastly at my desk using a set of Vanatoo Transparent Zero speakers. My music tastes are pretty much all over the place and I’m constantly listening to different stuff although I probably listen to different kinds of rock the most.
Does anyone have any advice on what I should get in my situation? My listening environment is a bit unique as far as I can tell as I’m outside but stationary and not in public, but also can’t use a desktop amp. Budget is about $750 CAD. Thanks in advance to anyone who takes the time to read this and respond