I've seen a similar question asked, but don't see any responses.
How does the 177x compare to the Meze 99 noir in terms of tonal response and soundstage?
For reference - I have a Focal Elear which I like very much. But it's inappropriate for use in the office. I have a pair of Campfire Audio Lyra IIs that are also excellent, but since they need to be carefully installed (squeezing the tips, arranging the wire around the back of the ear, etc.) they're sort of nuisance in the office when I need to be taking them in and out all the time. My setup is Tidal through an SMSL M500 (and a Loxjie P20 for balanced).
I bought the Meze 99 noir to use for office listening, but I'm finding that they're more one dimensional than I'd prefer. My headphone vocabulary is a bit limited, but they sound very heavy, even murky, when compared to the Elears, which makes sense - open v. closed. But they also sound murky and claustrophobic compared to the Lyra IIs.
Would the 177x provide a wider soundstage and a more engaging listen than the Meze 99?
And more generally, does the community have any recommendations for closed backs that would get closer to the dynamism of the Elear and Lyra II? (Cascades and Elegias are the obvious candidates).