I’m thinking about adding a nice open-back pair of cans to my collection. Most of the time I use either my Stellia or CA Andromeda, but I’m looking for something that’s more comfortable (or rather, differently comfortable) than those. I have the HD650 and HD6xx, but I’ve always wanted a pair of the HD800S since they’re light and exert less pressure on the head than Focals. The SR1a would work, but I probably shouldn’t spend $4k or add yet another box to the pile on my desk. Are there any others in the $1000-$1500 range I should consider?
Comfort reports form the Dan Clark (mr speakers) line are usually very positive.
I have a pair of Aeon Flow Closed. After an hour or two, they irritate my head. I usually switch between the Stellia and the Andromeda during the day, to give my head a break.
Agreed, DCA makes some of the most comfortable and lightest, yet extremely well performing headphones. Give the Aeon 2 Opens or Ether 2 a try for sure.
Zmf Aeolus with the Pilot pad
Rosson audio are comfortable IF you don’t mind the weight - they are heavy. MEZE Empyrean are famous for their comfort.
I have a blackwood Aeolus & despite its weight (blackwood is one of the hardest & densest of woods), it’s amazingly comfortable. ZMF’ headband + understrap system totally works.
I have an original AFO arriving today. Heard this at shows 3 years ago and found it to be rather light & comfortable. The earcups look like they’d be tight fit, but they’re not–they’re “ear-shaped” and fit perfectly.