Hi, SearcherOfBetterSound, welcome…
I like headphones a lot and being a software developer I been using them for years. I do not pursuit for “better” headphones then I have. In my past I did - was baying “better” headphones, was baying and building “better” headphone amps but I failed in each of my directions.
With all my “audio strangeness” I keep my loyally to a headphone setup that I discovered many years back: the simple ATH-M40FS headphones driven by Panasonic SL-CT470 walkman. The A-Shock on the CT470 should be off and I use S-XBS EQ curve. I do not claim that it is perfect headphones of sores but TO ME it is a very good Sound. It is the sound that I found extremely neutral from musical perspective and I have no problems to listen it. Interesting is that the CT470 as a player is absolutely horrible. Of course I was trying to drive it into my “big” playback - it was nightmare. The very same is with the M40FS headphones. There are objectively better headphones but they do not do a lot of good for me musically and in many cases juts irritate me (I own the top of the line AudioTechnica headphone and hate it).
So, I have no experience with what might be considered as “headphones”. I would tell you even something more… The way how I see it: when I sit at my couch playing my headphones and then I take them off and play my “room installations” then the sound should not change. Well, it should become better in many aspects: better bass, imaging, space and so on but it should not be affected tonally of change it’s dynamic structure…
Interesting that despite how bad the CT470 and M40FS are but they (from my point of view) do something very proper. If the rest audio will do the same then from where I stay any pursuit for “better” high-end should not be necessary.The caT
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