Hey, guys - new to Headfi here and this is my first post actually, but from all the info I've gathered the community looks amazing here.
I've been looking around for a nice pair of headphones (and possibly an amp/dac). My budget is around $150-200. From what I've been looking into, I really like the ATH M50s (tried it out on my Google music at a store) - definitely prefer it over Klipsch One, Sennheiser 280/480, AKG something, Shure 440, and Beyerdynamic 770. I also read some reviews about the ATH A700s and the AD700s. Then today I saw that the JVC RX700 are like the stepsister to the A700s. I have no preference on closed vs open, whichever just sounds better is fine - just leaning a bit more on closed in case I wear it somewhere and don't want to annoy others, but I will be mainly using it at my PC (I will occassionally use it when traveling with my nano and/or galaxy nexus using google music). I was really leaning towards the ATH M50s, but from what I read they were stellar at the $100 price but then the price was increased and now I'm hesitant. If the JVC RX700 are indead pretty close to the A700s, I wouldn't mind giving them a try before rushing straight to the ATH M50s.
Also, I've read alot and it appears that the Fiio portable amps are great. The e17 looks amazing, but I can't buy anything if I bought that. I was also wondering what the insight was from audiophiles about what is the best pairing? Like say if I got the JVC RX700 and the e10 or e11, would that be overall more ideal than just ATH M50s on my Xonar DG?
Next to none. I have Cyber Acoustics ca-3602 computer speakers, just got a Xonar_DG sound card. My IEM is Klipsch s4i and a few crappy skullcandys. My old headset was Logitech G930 for gaming.
Type of Music:
I listen to mainly Kpop, american mainstream, R&B, some dubstep/dance (but really lil bit of everything - classic, jazz, rock, etc etc lol - just more of those not in parenthesis). I also do a little bit of gaming and watching movies, but my biggest goal is for music for pleasure. I always like good bass like from my G930 and S4i, but I was hoping for something with overall more improvements (clarity, better treble, etc etc.)
Not sure if I left anything out, but hopefully that was detailed enough for some good advice. I apologize in advance if it's too lengthy =)