An excellent range of sound to handle a variety of music – preferably a set of headphones that block out the world around me (especially people).adriel said:Buck, what kind of headphone sound characteristics are you after?
Headphones that comfortably cover the entire ear.What kind of headphone style do you want?
The headphones will be used with simple Discman players, integrated sound on motherboards, and my receiver.What are you going to use to power the headphones?
I’m not terribly concerned about the price, because I would like to hear all of the available options.How much are you going to spend?
I don’t have them handy, but I have a pair of nice Sony headphones that would now be about 8 years old. The pads went south, but they were extremely comfortable. I’ve also used the usual Optimus headphones and right now I’m using a pair of RadioShack Racing headphones. They have volume control on the headset and do a great job of blocking out noise, but they’re uncomfortable.What were some of your favorite headphones that you've heard?
It's too bad that a non-interchangeable rechargeable battery with low run time is used. That makes it nearly useless for me.The noise cancelling function of the QC20 is incredible. So much better than the QC15. The quality of the audio is better as well, though not as good as the RS220 or UEs. The semi-in-ear fit is amazingly comfortable and secure, I'm amazed they are able to get such a good seal with this arrangement.
I don't really believe in burn-in when it comes to headphones. I had a set that I didn't like that were reported to change dramatically over a burn-in / break-in period. After 250 hours of "burn-in" I still didn't like them. I can't say I noticed any changes.
Any thoughts on a comparison of the HiFiMAN RE-600s compared to the Dunu DN-1000? Seems like decent reviews of the Dunn IEMs and they're in the same price range as the RE-600s. I'm considering outside my original budget now.I have a pair of HiFiMAN RE-600s. They're my go to all around IEMs, but are outside your budget. I haven't heard the RE-400 so I can't offer an opinion there. I have an even better pair of IEMs, Earwerkz Supra 2, but they're too sensitive to recommend them to users who don't want to use a headphone amp because they will hiss like a leaky tire when plugged directly into the typical headphone jack'd device.
I'm not familiar with the Dunu DN-1000's. People are saying nice things about them, but frankly I'm not sure how reliable head-fi reviews are anymore. Some of the headphones I like get raves reviews there, but I've heard at least one pair of headphones that gets raves reviews at Head-Fi where I thought they sounded absolutely horrible. Maybe buy from a seller who has a liberal return policy so if you don't like them you can return them?