Originally Posted by noob00224
The RS 175 was what I was looking at as well and it seems to distort low frequency at high volume with bass boost.
Thanks, will try it out.
I hope I can find a suitable pair of cans before I go over the $500 limit.
Skipped over the Meze 99 Neo's, will have to try those as well.
So what pads could I get for the Meze that would have more depth (more than 23mm) and more bass.
I wouldn't recommend the Neos at all =p Hard to get a good seal, flubby distorted out of phase bass, and poor low frequency extension. Sure they've got a hard dynamic bass hit, but that's it, poor mid/treble performance too.
The AT MSR7s are better than the M50x btw, and not a bad choice, good bass transient response, low distortion, maybe slightly piercing but little ringing/resonance, but could use some eq from 500hz to 5khz.
The Shure SRH1540 has bit of a bass boost but not so much of a hard hit. Treble/midrange performance is good, distortion at 100db gets higher but you probably wont listen over 75db.
The Fostex TH900 is similar in that bass is elevated and resounding but less hard hitting. treble/midrange is a bit punchier and less smooth though.
The highest you'd probably need to stretch your budget would be the MrSpeakers Aeon Closed.
You're in the unique position of using a PC which gives you the ability to get more reference quality headphones(flat extended low distortion bass response) and equalize(with a very high resolution parametric eq thats free) them to your liking. For movies and especially using a surround sound program, I recommend a response closer to the Aeons. You don't want that elevated high transient response less resounding distorted out of phase bass, you want the extended low distortion articulate and resounding bass due to the LFE and sfx in movies will smear into a boomy mess with the former and be crystal clear and immersive with the latter.
I'll add that I don't touch bass eq with my headphones which generally play flat to 10hz, I use OOYH 100% of the time, and bass response is very satisfying. Also if you really want to get into it you can add bass shaker systems.