I’m new to headphones, but I’ve been recording my own music for years, mostly using monitors, but more recently, with the help of reference headphones.
Most lists of ‘best headphones’ are those which are super flat and unhyped in any freq range, emphasizing detail. But what about headphones that make anything, even poorly recorded music, sound glorious? Surely that must be a type of headphone, not for revealing flaws, but just making music incredibly pleasurable for long term immersion in your favorite music?
Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate detail, but sometimes, you just want to relax and enjoy. For me, that’s sinking deep into some pink floyd, for example.
What are the best headphones for THIS purpose? I know most cheaper headphones do this poorly, but surely there have to be headphones that are pricey and do this in a killer good way. Which ones? It’s hard to find such info in headphone forums, and I’m a little confused by this.
Maybe I’m wrong, but I think these are the ones that specialize in ‘enjoyment first’ listening, the more polarizing cans that I think can be described as more U or V shaped in freq curve: Mezze 99 classic, Audioquest Nighthawk/Nightowl, KLH Ultimate One, Beyerdynamic DT177x, Sony MDR Z7, Audeze LCD2c, Klipsch HP-3, and at the high end, Meze Empyran, Focal Stellia, and most ZMF. Is this right? From what I can tell, a the really high end, there is enjoyment mixed with detail in stuff like the Empyrean and Aeolus, but detail starts to lack more the cheaper things go.
I’m trying to understand how people talk about these sorts of things on headphone forums. Does this sound about right?
Even if I’m misreading the cues, what do you think are the best headphones for pure musical enjoyment, any price range, accuracy/detail aside?