Do you need closed? Why not the HD650 with those genres? You'd have plenty left to get a really great amp, like the Asgard, etc.
I'm looking for headphones and an amp to use at work. I'm looking at a max of $700 for everything (needs to be through Amazon due to having a gift certificate). I would like something I can listen to for long periods of time, 4-6 hours a day if not longer.
I listen to a wide range of music, but I would say 70%-80% is folk and rock (Black Keys, Ray LaMontagne, Ben Harper, Jack White are some of the current ones). At times (when others aren't making me happy at work, or I need a pick me up) I listen to rap or metal. I also throw in punk, classic rock, jazz and blues at times.
I currently have a pair of HD-280 Pro's but they are not comfortable at all. I admit that I have a large pointy head which just doesn't work well. The clamp was pretty tight at first, but after using them for a while that has gotten better, but they still feel like the handband sits on one tiny little point on my head. I need to turn them so that they are within an inch or two of my forehead to make them so I can listen for more than 5-10 minutes.
So far I have looked at the AKG Q-701, Denon AHD2000, and the Beyerdynamic DT990 600 Ohms. So pretty much the $250-$300 range. Then I figured I could go with an amp in the $300 range. I don't need to worry about others being bothered with noise as I will have my own office.
Thanks for any help.