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Of all I've owned: Meze 99C/Neo, Aeon Flow Closed, Status CB1, ATH M50x, various Sony's, Beyer COPP, Sennheiser 598 Cs, etc. the Fostex TR-X00 EB and AudioQuest Nightowl are my favorites. They both offer and perform at a level that many other closed backs just cannot touch. Between the two of them, I think they work well in harmony to round each other out, covering the shortcomings of the other.
For me, a good closed back should always have superior bass. From extension, to texture, to impact to thickness. Also, portability is important as they have the ability to be used on the go. For a lot of the nicer closed backs, they are more transportable than actually portable. The exception to that is something like the Campfire Audio Cascade.
My favorite headband layout goes to Meze and Audioquest. The 99C has one of the most comfortable headbands of any headphone I h ave ever used. It's conforming, lightweight, and easy to adjust. The perfect distribution of weight. The Nightowl takes this a step further than the Meze offering better comfort and adjustability but I do question it's strength over time just from how it is constructed. Ignoring that, the Nightowl headband is just about perfect.
From a brand perspective, I enjoy the big players in closed backs: Sony, Meze, Fostex, Sennheiser, MrSpeakers, etc. Personally, I would love to see something (a collabo would be cool) with the likes of ZMF or MrSpeakers as they both have a good library of closed backs. Something with Beyer and the lower models with removable cables would be great as well similar to what was done with the TR-X00.
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