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audio is something ive had an ear for since i was very young all the way back to the 70s yamaha stereo and turntable i have now from my father.

my ears are sensative to out of tune music, bass thats louder than the mids drives me up the wall. yet noone else in my family can hear much of a difference until i balance out the stereo properly.

if i could find a single pair of goddamn cans that provide the balanced sound i want ( im talking 70s and 80s rock, Led Zeppelin, Rush, and Pink Floyd being my most common listening choices).

i can pickup a $150 pair of cans, even $200 pairs of cans and walk away disgusted with how overpowered the bass is and never buy any.

can anyone reccomend a pair thats closed with balanced sound ( i walk to work alot and hate hearing ambient noise in my music).

i would greatly appreciate it and so would my ears. thank you.
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Do you have a place you can listen to different models in person?

What is your total budget?

What are your sources?

My portable closed phones are Beyerdynamic DT1350. Highly recommended, I think they are neutral and fun to listen to. But only you will know if they are right for you after some listening...
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just to confirm you are not accepting non serious advice about the state of your cans, is that correct? *sigh* fine...

Sounds to me like you either want a pair of reference headphones. They still may not make you happy though. if the music producer mixes heavy base, it's going to have heavy base. maybe you need an equalizer more than anything else.
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Sony MDR7506
Fostex T50RP
Beyer DT250
Soundmagic HP-100

If in-ears are an option, you would probably like Etymotic HF5 or HIFIMAN RE-400
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just to confirm you are not accepting non serious advice about the state of your cans, is that correct? *sigh* fine...

Sounds to me like you either want a pair of reference headphones. They still may not make you happy though. if the music producer mixes heavy base, it's going to have heavy base. maybe you need an equalizer more than anything else.

i have an eq/ portable amp. ever set of headphones ive tried is too heavy on the bass end....if only my 1975 sonys didnt have a 12 foot cord and 1/4 inch plug id use them. but 12 feet of cable to carry, no thanks
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really?! Makes me wonder if you simply grew up listening to a broken or damaged system with defective bass. and are hoping to continue the tradition.

An niteresting test might be to find some multi cone headphones with a bass crossover in them and disable the bass cone, then see if you like them more
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pretty much every mass market headphone is very bass heavy. It gives the "wow" factor that will make people buy them.

I will recommend the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 and the Beyerdynamic DT770 pro 80 ohm cans, they are generally regarded as bass-heavy but not anything close to beats or the like (or anything you can go to best buy and pick up). Both of those companies make nice headphones, though the beyers are generally described as dark.

A brighter headphone would be a grado. Sometimes local retailers have them for demo. Highly recommended. Very light bass, but great for drums, guitars, vocals, etc. and the drivers are very quick. Only problem is they are open-back, and some people do not like that. Open back headphones are not sealed, so sound gets out, and sound gets in. Nevermind, you said closed.

If you want to enter the abyss, head over to head-fi.org. I used to go all the time, then I realized that my opinions of certain headphones just did not match up with what other people were saying. I believe the only way to get even the vaguest idea of what a headphone sounds like is to go give a pair a try.
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like i said reference rigs. Reference speakers are the ones used in studios to monitor the sound as it is played. They are setup to be neutral. Since they're industrial gear rather than consumer gear, they tend to be quite expensive for what they are, and will generally be giant over the ear affairs. There are in ear reference systems designed for stage work, but they are usually custom made, and even more expensive.

The headphones should run 250-500 new. you're looking for the words ' studio reference'

the in ear models have at most a few manufacturers. here's one example http://ultimateears.logitech.com/en-us/home/Reference-Monitors expect to pay about a grand. Do not buy these things used either.

if you've tried reference headphones and it's still not working for you, even with an equalizer, you like your headphones broken. i suggest the taking a wire cutter to the crossover hack, or learning to appreciate what the music was actually supposed to sound like.
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I'd still highly recommend the two in-ears I posted earlier, especially since you said walking to work. Sort of strange to wear full size headphones in public, at least around here.
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I'd still highly recommend the two in-ears I posted earlier, especially since you said walking to work. Sort of strange to wear full size headphones in public, at least around here.

meh. he'll just look like a hipster. Maybe cultivate a pair of mustachios and get a really pretentious scarf to go with the giant headphones.
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