I’ve got about $600 to blow on a really nice pair of cans that will last me a few years. I won’t be able to buy much of anything during that period, so I’m looking for a single headphone that can do pretty much any genre you throw at it… pretty well, at least. Oh, and Immersive (that is, not very competitive) gaming, too. In other words, I’m not looking for a niche headphone that has great frequency response in one area at the sacrifice of others, I’m looking for an all-rounder.
A few headphones that SEEM to fit this criteria are:
DT 1990 pros - Great bass, mids, though highs have a pretty big frequency peak, can this be tweaked out via foam or EQ?
Thieaudio Phantoms - Wild card, everyone who likes them seems to love them, everyone who doesn’t REALLY don’t. With pads and their price on amazon + tax, the price is close to a used like-new DT 1990 pro
58x Jubilee/HD 650 + HE4XX - Not my first choice, though perhaps buying two headphones that do their things as well as they can is the way to go? Haven’t heard good things about Hifiman build quality.
Honestly that’s pretty much it. I haven’t heard of many at this price point that can do just about anything well enough. I am willing to extend my budget somewhat if there are a pair outside my range that has what I’m looking for and will really wow me. I’m SOMEWHAT sensitive to treble, more looking for very clear vocals/guitar (so mids) with punchy bass. Would like good highs, but am willing to sacrifice them to a short extent, again, would prefer if it had a bit of everything.
Currently running on a Modi/Magni 2 schiit stack