Hi everyone, I am so glad to come across this forum. Please bear with me
I think I am going to need 2 headphones dedicated to different purposes and need some advice here. I have been using a pair of $19 Philips headphones for a few years and have to upgrade to better ones after learning that the pro ones allows better clarity on sound. I think I have been missing out a lot on sounds and the Philips are quite painful to wear after prolong use. I don't consider myself an audiophile but is learning to become one
I transcribe a lot of music (picking out musical notes and chords from songs), so I need something with clarity that allows me to hear the deep details of the music. My cheap Philips are ok with songs with good mix but on most songs, I just hear a mesh of sounds and I need to do a lot of guessing to figure out what was being played. I have also become very interested in computer music production recently, so flat response is an essential criteria. I have done some research and saw a number of options and even a brand called AIAIAI TMA-1 ($299) recommended to me at Valentine Music. Most models are way beyond my limited budget of S$200, I have zoomed down on the Audio Technica ATH-M50 which is selling at Jaben at $199. I hope this will serve me well, unless someone can recommend me something better and cheaper.
Next, I also do a lot of movies and gaming but I think studio monitoring headphones with flat response might not be suitable for this purpose and I don't feel like using expensive can on this. I also need it for casual music listening of all genres. So I need something that is comfortable, sounds good with decent soundstaging and fits into my S$100 budget. I saw very good reviews on the Grado SR60i but they are way above my budget due to the studio cans. How about those cheap but nice looking ones from Sonic Gear (X1000?), or some unknown brands above $50 I often see at PC shows?
The Sennheiser HD201-203 series look good but I don't know where to get them locally and price. Tried Amazon but they don't ship to Singapore. Any other options?
Basically, I will be using both cans at home, so design and portability are not important to me. I just want durable and good sounding headphones for separate studio and general movies/gaming purposes - I am an audiophile wannabe hehehe....I want those full sized circumaural or supra-aural cans, those clip-ons and little earbuds are way too uncomfortable for me. All will be used on my PC and will be great when I get my hands on a good pro audio interface.
Thanks for reading this long winded post, I hope to get some advice and recommendations on these. Thanks!