Budget - 100-350€
Source - Schiit Heresy + Modi
Preferred Type of Headphone - Full Size, no wireless, closed-back
Preferred tonal balance - bright, recessed bass
Past headphones - Audio Technica ATH-MSR7, Sennheiser HD600
Location - Germany
I really like my ATH-MSR7 and use them daily for podcasts, videos, games because of the recessed bass which makes the mids and highs stand out more. But I also use them to listen to all kinds of music. I have a pair of HD600 that I use when I want to lean back and solely focus on listening to music but for everyday use, I prefer the ATH-MSR7. In many games and videos, I find the audio to be mixed quite badly and with the HD600 many sound booming and too deep. It might be that I’m just too used to the sound of the ATH-MSR7 but too much bass over a long time gives me headaches.
After 3 years the ATH-MSR7 are completely worn through. The synthetic leather is breaking apart and the filling beneath is coming out. The plastic parts at the hinge and headband are getting brittle and recently one side promptly broke into pieces. Also, the hinges or more so the plastic parts attached to them started squeaking horribly after about a year. Was not a deal-breaker for me since you would only really move the hinges when putting the headphones on or off but build quality is the thing I’m looking to improve.
I tried to buy a replacement for the complete headband for the ATH-MSR7 but was not able to find them anywhere but aliexpress (which I’m not a fan of).
Looking through the hifiguide I was surprised that there are no closed-back headphones and even open-back there are only three recommended.
I’m a heavy user. Since corona, I wear headphones for ~12 hours per day. So I would like to improve on build quality and keep with comfortable headphones.
I have Dekoni Pads and would prefer to use Dekoni Pads on the new Headphone too. I’m also thinking about using Dekoni Nuggets to be able to replace the Dekoni Nuggets once they are worn out instead of wearing out the headband of the headphones itself.
Another thing I do not want to go through is headphones with proprietary cables/connectors. The ATH-MSR7 are advertised as “replaceable 3.5mm cable” but the socket on the headphones themselves is recessed and extra slim so that no normal 3.5mm cable fits in and one is left with the bad stock cables or having to trial and error many cables looking for one that it made thin enough to fit. I ended up taking the ATH-MSR7 apart and drilling the holes bigger which obviously is bad for the warranty.
HD600 have their own connectors too but they are popular enough that many companies make cables for them but anything less popular and It will become more of a problem to find a good cable at the wanted length.
I know these are many requirements, but I think they are quite reasonable. I think the biggest problem might be bright/bass recessed headphones not being popular.
/r/headphones was not able to give a recommendation, maybe you can since I have no experience with headphones other than the mentioned two.