I'm working my way through the three or four most mentioned H-phones: Beyerdynamics, Sennheiser, AKG and Grados, in that mid-fi price range. I realize new offerings by Beyer, HiFiMan, Audeze, etc. are making news, but I'm not ready to splurge over 400 on "new" cans yet.
Trying to get most of the classics used at a "good" price. I have a pair of DT990s that I like but the top end is REALLY metallic and forward. Next up, a set of AKG Q701s. Anyone have any experience with those? I've read the reviews: not a lot of bass, decent mids, sparkly highs, good soundstage, etc.
I also have some lower level Senn HD555 with that "laid" back sound. I will eventually go HD600s there (and I suspect that's a signature I will like--I don't necessarily believe in RESOLVING the maximum "detail" in the ABSOLUTELY most NEUTRAL manner. There are plenty of reviews of the HD 800s that describe them as boring and analytic. Not interested in that. There are also comparisons of the Beyer DT880s to the new, and prohibitively expensive, T1s that seem to indicate, that yeah the T1s are better but it's NOT a night and day difference but really something for very "young" "anal" ears to rave about! I'm not playing with "infinite" cash reserves here, boys!
I'm also unwilling to pay huge money for an amp. Am considering the Bravo Ocean (and some tube rolling there)--nice budget class. Currently I am using vintage amps and integrateds as H-phone drivers--most seem to have an OK H-phone amp.
On another note: People say that regarding Grados once you get past the 80is you're already in the land of diminishing returns. And unless you LOVE that sound you shouldn't bother going much higher?
But back to the AKGs. Any opinions? These also seem a love it or hate it type?