I’ve been using the Porta Pros daily and now I want to find an upgrade that actually looks like headphones. I’d be using it for 80% music, 20% casual gaming (barely any FPS games- just things like Stardew Valley, Fallout or Skyrim… so, it also leans mostly towards ambience-type music). Libraries and walks too if I can use them that way, but I’m not picky. #1 is private home use.
I don’t currently have any amps (my FiiO BTR1K just died) and prefer not to need one. The most I can tolerate is a portable amp though.
I listen to lo-fi, rock, pop, rap, some acoustics, and EDM on Spotify. The kind of music I can get lost in or sleep to, but also enjoy if I’m focusing on the music.
I live in Malaysia so I can’t really try out the headphones I’m researching for, but I do want something that’s a considerable leap in sound quality from the Porta Pros. Comfort is a huge factor in this because I have a big head.
My budget is ~200$ and I’m probably going to look for used headphones instead of buying new ones. From online research, here’s what I thought of buying:
Meze 99 Noirs: Known for its bass? Looks alright to me too, but I’m nervous about the comfort.
Nighthawks: The ‘unique’ sound signature of these things interest me, and they don’t seem to need an amp. I’m hesitant because, since they’re discontinued, there probably won’t be any support for replacement pads if they wear out, hence making them bad in the long run.
DT770 80 Ohm / Custom Studio : Closed back, comfortable and I think they look awesome, so they’re great for the outside. I’m very close to pulling the trigger on these, but the need to spend extra for an amp is pulling me back.
AKG371: I hear good things about the sound, but it honestly looks a little plain to me. I also fear the comfort on these.
HD58X: I only hear good things about them, and don’t seem to outright require an amp. Most of the reviews I read are gaming-related, so I can’t tell if they’re good for music. Open-back, so I can’t use it outside but I’m still open to the thought.
I feel like the Custom Studios fit the bill, but I’d like to know what you guys think. I’m open to any other headphones I haven’t mentioned, as well as alternative pads to improve the comfort, and please suggest a suitable amp too if you can. Let me know if I should include more details, thanks!