I'm looking for a pair of full size over ear headphones. I am leaning towards open because they will be exclusivly used at my house in my dorm.
I would like to pick up the Matrix M-stage amp for them because there is currently what seems to be a very good deal for them on Massdrop. My first question would be what is a good all-around (I'm sure too many people ask this) headphone that I can use on my computer for gaming and a decent mix of music that pairs well with the M-stage?
I listen to everything from the Civil Wars and Bon Iver to electronic as well as some classical and indie/light rock. I understand that no headphone will be ideal for all or maybe even most of these genres but something well rounded would be the most appropriate. My budget is around $300 but I would prefer to spend a little less if something fits the bill.
I have considered the HD 598's which I have seen recommended in a couple places, but I would like some comparison points and option.
Edit: I will also probably be using these headphones almost entirely through my laptop and desktop. I'm not too worried about my desktop soundcard but would the M-stage amp hooked up directly to my laptop soundcard be ok or do I need a specific DAC?
Also check into the Ultrasone HFI-2400s.
And yes. You would likely benefit from an external DAC for use with your laptop. However, might as well wait and see what you think after you get the m-stage and your headphones.