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There might be a dark horse here.

Now, I like mellow tones on a DP. However, after settling on some settings that produce that mellow tone for me, I'd like to add in just a little bit of brightness - ever so slightly. I can only think of cuisine as a parallel, where they add in those tiny little bit of extras after the cooking is done. I am unable to do this via onboard EQ settings. I am pretty sure this can be done if the audio if routed to a computer or a mixing consoles. But how do I achieve this with just a DP and headphones.

(IMO) Enter the dark horse. Beyerdynamic DT 880 Edition (not the PRO version).

What I described above - this headphone helps me achieve. The bass is light, but full of quality, so the only EQ I apply is really just a small bass gain 2-3db. I don't use any headphone amps. DP direct to headphones. The only way I as an amateur can describe this headphone is - it's flat, but just a tiny bit bright. It can go overly loud when using amps, but when used just as is, in a quiet environment, this excels for my mellow tone preference.


Your list has some pretty heavy hitting contestants, and maybe you can add this to the bottom of the list - but I'll urge you to check it out.


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@ona: I don't understand.
You said "I will review each one."
And then "This time, I will buy 2 headsets."

But there are way more than two on that list. So how can you review them all if you only buy two of them?

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I use reference headphones AKG K702. Purchased them with a good discount. Happy. Open design, clear, detailed sound.
Someone already recommended other reference headphones from AKG - K701 (more expensive) and K712 (a tud cheaper than K702).


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I have a pair of Focal Clear 'phones.... love 'em... from France

https://www.focal.com/headphones/clear/

Tons of reviews on YouTube... a very popular high fidelity 'phone. A bit heavy on the head, but very comfortable and easy to listen... no fatigue... I can listen for hours straight.

Oh, I have owned and wore out many 'phones from Grado... another fabulous company... all American product.

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Focal Clear is great (my favorite, the pair I use the most at home) but benefit greatly from EQ. Without EQ, for example HD600 is better (and also lighter and cheaper.)
Some people have also experienced problems with distortion when playing bass heavy music very loud on the Clears.


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I have quite a collection of headphones. The one I use the most on Digital pianos or vsts is the Sennheiser HD650. It's smooth across all regions of the piano. While I own a bunch of AKGs and Beyers, I usually don't use them in my playing sessions. I find their treble response spikes a bit abnormally when playing. I love them my Beyers/AKGs for listening, and probably use them more that way, but for actual practice, I turn to the HD650. I will also use the HD580 Jubilee as well.

Everyone has different ears..

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Originally Posted by ColonelBogey
Focal Clear is great (my favorite, the pair I use the most at home) but benefit greatly from EQ. Without EQ, for example HD600 is better (and also lighter and cheaper.)
Some people have also experienced problems with distortion when playing bass heavy music very loud on the Clears.

Interesting... not my experience. They are fabulous 'phones.

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