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1. A clinical sound with meaningful detail and accuracy. A listening tool I can really pick apart music with. I want a headphone that feels sturdy and looks like it does a job, not win the ”hipster holier than thou” award. Something you can take with you from the home studio to the office. Relatively easy to drive, scales well with high end audio equipment, good isolation, looks and feels like a mature headphone, sturdy, and stands the test of time. Detachable cables are always welcome. A serviceable headphone with exchangeable parts and able to be modified. What it shouldn’t be or have- a. A headphone that makes you question why you bought it 10 years later b. A wimpy ass cord c. Excessive in any frequency range -too muddy and or sibilant, hell, even overemphasized vocals d. Too light a headphone that makes you question its value and durability e. Too heavy a headphone that bows and breaks your neck, making you look even more depressed at your 9-5.
2. A headband that supports well, is comfortable, adjusts well, and has excellent clamping force. I like a good seal. If I need it looser, I can bend it myself or break it in using a thick stack of books.
3. Brands? I’m always sticking to the tried and true, but I’m adventurous, I love new technology and innovation. I’m willing to try new equipment if there is independent third-party testing from credible sources/reviewers. That said: a. Beyerdynamic - the DT1770 Pro b. OPPO - the PM-3 c. Sennheiser- the 820 [the things I would do in a dark alley in Shibuya for this], but I’ll settle for a 599 sealed variant. The 598cs is fine too.
Haven’t tried NAD, Fostex, or V-Moda yet. I tried the ATH-M50X, wasnt my cup of tea. I liked the DT770 pro 250, but I want something a touch more classy. I own the HD58X, HE4XX, and Meze 99 Neo. If anyone has any great suggestions, I’m open to dumping money on my search for the holy grail of sealed sound.
Oct 20, 2018
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Oppo went out of business, so the PM-3 isn't an option anymore. In the <$500 range, my pick is the Audeze mobius, though it doesn't really isolate at all and I personally find the headband super uncomfortable.
Oct 20, 2018
Artismo
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That’s a shame, didn’t know they went out of business, but it looks like they never fell of the map. They seem popular with a lot of enthusiasts. I also see a lot of complaints that the Oppo PM-3 was a bit boring. I found a used Mobius on Yahoo Auction floating around $200 USD after Japanese yen conversion. Do you think it’s worth it? I’m going to check it out at the local Yodabashi Camera to give it a listen. Thanks for the suggestion 👍🏻
Oct 20, 2018
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The mobius only just came out, so it's probably only lightly used. Seller probably got it from the indiegogo campaign. So yeah, I think it's worth it. That said, sound signature of the "music" preset is not that far off from the pm3, but neither sounds similar to the 1770.
Oct 20, 2018
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