New here and looking for a little advice on picking up a decent set set of over ears.
Most listening will be done via laptop or iPhone at home and have a budget of about $350 (wife approved). I primarily listen to rock and acoustic music - Aimee Mann, Decemberists, Radiohead, Black Keys but also some faster/heavier stuff Rise Against/Darkest Hour etc. And the recording quality varies from iTunes downloads to Apple Lossless CD rips. I wouldn't describe myself as a basshead and realistically I'd like to have these headphones for a while so build, overall sound quality and listening enjoyment are the key. I'm not generally a super analytical listener, which is good given that some of the source material is not the highest quality.
Having listened to quite a range of headphones my current favourite (within my budget) is the AKG Q701 ($349), that said this represents a challenge since that doesn't leave any budget for the headphone amp these so desparetly need. I could listen to them off my reciever (HK AVR 147) for a couple of months until I can afford to pick up a portable headphone amp like the E17. While all of my listening with these will be done at home a desktop or A/C powered headphone is out of the question as it's just too bulky for moving between rooms etc and I don't want to spend more then $150 on an amp regardless. So I guess the question is should I stagger the purchase to ensure I'm getting the best headphones, or is something easier to drive and more cost effective the right choice ie. Focal Spirit One or Phillips L1.
Other headphones I have listened to are:
AKG K550 - Enjoyed the overall sound, but found the pads made my ears overly warm.
Grado - 225is & 325is - not comfortable, overall not a fan of the sound signature.
Beyer DT990 - Was a while ago, comfortable but don't remember being blown away.
Hifiman HE300 - Good, just didn't quite grab me the way the Q701's did. Felt a little slow??
B&O P55 - Obviously aimed at portability, but well built, good sound and very comfortable.