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In, thanks for the awesome opportunity, Hifiman!
Have you heard of Vildhjarta before?  
Spotify offers 128kbps OGG for free, which is superior to MP3. If you're willing to pay 5$ a month, they offer 320kbps OGG, and they've got a pretty impressive selection of music.
After my Brainwavz B2s broke for the second time, I think it's time to get them fixed yet again and just sell them off. So, What would be a good replacement? Something a little bit more warm would be nice, under 250$. How would the CustomArt Music One match up? 
A while back I actually took a dremel to the internal driver cup (the one with the ports on it) and cut it off completely. With the bare cups and no internal driver cup, the resonance is insane, unbearably bad, and the bass is so much louder than the rest of the frequencies that it completely drowns everything else out.   I ended up adding some modeling clay to the back, which cut resonances and the bass down by a bit, then, since the back of the driver itself is OPEN...
It seems like I'm the only one here who thinks this, but they sounded horribly muddy and dark to me. There were maybe one or two songs they sounded great with, and those couple ones sounded better than any other headphones I've heard them on. I think it was just a case of being "smothered by smoothness", as I'm used to brighter, bass light signatures. Speaking of brighter sigs, my favorite "not the best" headphones are Brainwavz B2s. I've got mine modded with a BTG silver...
Mid-200kbps MP3s tend to be transparent for the most part, it should be fine. It might be worthwhile to upgrade to a better bitrate there, but you probably won't see too much of a difference, even if you were to AB or ABX test the 210-224kbps against a 320kbps.
V-moda M-80s. They're within your budget, sound good, are portable, on-ear, and sealed, they hardly leak any sound even when turned up to unlistenable levels. If you're not a fan of on-ears, I'd still recommend these as they have some of the best pads I've ever used, very soft pleather with memory foam, and they still breathe well.   Edit- They're also arguably the most durable headphones ever made. Mostly metal construction, removable kevlar cable, and a headband...
It's been a bit over a year since I've got into headphones, and I now have a Fiio E10 for my DAC, an E9 for my amp, and AKG Q701s as my main over-ears. I'm kind of an objective person, so I'm in the mindset that an E9 will adequately drive my current headphones,checks out as far as distortion and the like go, and should drive most with the exception of maybe some planars or higher impedance cans, and I might build an ODAC to move up from my E10.   So, assuming I'll...
I must say though, these cans are absolutely beautiful with classical music. Definitely on par with or better than my 701s.   UPDATE- I'm starting to like these more than the 701s... I burned them in for a few hours with pink noise, and they have maybe 12 hours on them now. The bass has already started to pick up. There was a noticeable change from just about 3 hours of pink noise, but unfortunately, they aren't as open sounding as the 701s, which isn't surprising in...
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