1. DT 770 Pros:
Started with the DT 770 Pros, (got into the world of Audiophiles thanks to DankPods), thought they were the greatest thing since sliced bread.
2. HD 6XXs:
Next was the HD 6XXs, absolutely hated their guts cause of the watermelon crushing clamp. They were the first Open Backs I’ve tried and I was slowly warming to them.
3. HiFiman Sundara:
Still keeping the 6XXs, I tried out the HiFiman Sundara, my first Planar. I enjoyed their great clean, cripsy sound, they were quite comfy too. But the HiFiman QC curse had mine stop working after 2 weeks of light use. During those 2 weeks I had to deal with the right side not working randomly. So that ruined my opinion of HiFiman in general.
4. HarmonicDyne Zeus:
Ordered the HarmonicDyne Zeus next. Absolutely loved the pillow earpads, had nice bass but was too muddy for me.
5. AKG K712 Pros:
Next up was the AKG K712 Pros, overall was quite disappointed. I do wish I tested them a bit more, but from what I remember they had boring sound, and a surprisingly cheap build quality for their price. Lots of cheap feeling plastics, and the headband that sits on the head felt like hard cardboard. The box was funny with how hard they were trying to sell me the headphones despite me already owning them.
6. AKG K371:
Then tried the AKG K371, overall liked them. Good sound and nice comfort, although not as spacious as the 770s with the ear cups. Also liked how they were portable. At the time I kept the 770s instead. Currently I’d have neither cause I now much prefer Open Backs.
And finally, it all comes back to the 6XXs. The more I used them the more I fell in love with them, especially once I fixed the clamp force. The only two downsides I can think of is they don’t have a great bass extension, and I wish there was a more premium built version to buy. That last “downside” isn’t really one since they are built wonderfully for the price ‘cough AKG cough’. I just wish we could get the same sound, but have them be built by Meze.
Don’t really have any plans to buy something anytime soon, as these are just so damn lovable, I have days where I wear them more than I don’t.
I am curious about the “upgrades” like the Focal Clear OGs, and the sexy looking Meze 109s, but I really shouldn’t be spending that kind of money right now, especially since I am very happy and content with the 6XXs. Also the QC problems of Focal do not give me much confidence, especially at their price. I am interested about trying out the AT R70x, as they have similar vibes to the 6XX but more bass and soundstage. And while I actually enjoy the intimate sound of the 6XX, I wanna try out something like the HD 800s to hear what top tier soundstage is like.