I need a new pair of headphones to use at work. Currently I use the ATH-M50 driven by a Little Dot MkIII, which are perfectly adequate for commuter headphones, but a bit flat in overall sound quality. Any recommendations for over-ear closed-back headphones in the sub-$250 range?
Looking for relatively normal frequency response, I really don't like high or low-end boost. I have a pair of Mad Dogs I use at home, and Sennheiser HD598, which would be perfect except they're open-backed.
You're gonna laugh but get some VE Monks. The $5 earbud, yup. Run em out of your little dot. I'm not joking. Earbuds have come a long long way my man.
Good closed back with flat FR,huh? The Technics DJ1250 can take up to 3mW of power and has an almost ruler flat FR. They are great and you can do anything with them with EQ. insanely honest and versatile.
Guess I wont suggest JVC SZ1000 if you want no low end....
Sony MDR CD900ST are also phenomenal btw. That is a japan market only Sony though. this ain't anything like the MDR V6 you may know.
I personally like Sennheiser HD25 which Superlux makes a clone of that is almost as good. But it might be too forward mids for you...
Have you considered the B&W closed backs?