I have just upgraded my headphone amp to the Oppo HA-1, It arrives Tuesday next.
Stage B in the upgrade process is to replace the DT770's with something a little more accurate. For domestic "keeping the peace" reasons I would prefer a good quality closed back headphone, as I do a lot of late night listening and although in a separate room, may have a problem with bleed and disturbed sleep in the next room. Were it possible to use open headphones, I have realised that I would be spoiled for choice. Choosing a closed pair seems a little more difficult.
My initial thoughts were to go for the Audeze xc, which appear to have attracted some very good reviews and would be just in budget, provided I live on beans on toast for a month. Don't mind spending, but I am sure someone on here could suggest an alternative?
My preferred listening material is fairly wide ranging, with classical, blues and lighter rock dominating. In addition, they would be used for mixing and mastering from time to time, so I a nice flat (ish) response.
Of course, its going to be a matter of audition before buying, as with anything, but a shortlist would be useful, as it looks like I could be travelling some distances to do this. Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.
Accuracy and closed really narrows the choices. I find only 4 on my list - 1) the Bose QC25 with noise cancel ON - caveat: Bose undoubtedly gets the neutral response via EQ. 2) FAD Pandora VI(6) - it's very slightly tipped up on the ends, but not much. Amazing detail. 3) MrSpeakers Alpha Dog Prime - I had the old version, but the new version should be best. 4) Shure SRH-940 - a little bright I think, but very neutral.
Hi Dale, thanks for the response I have been reading good things about the Alpha Prime and will be on the consideration list I think. Of the other three, I must say that I have never been a Bose equipment fan although they have done some pretty clever design stuff over the years. I shall research the other two, but my oppo review reading suggests the 940 may be a bit too bright in this instance, based on your observation. I wouldn't dismiss them untried however. All food for thought
I just reviewed the Musical Fidelity MF200, which is better sonically than the Bose, the Shure, and maybe even a match for the Pandora VI. It doesn't have great isolation, but the leakage is good enough I think for what you describe.