Lets give this a shot..
Ive got $150 and that's it, no more to spend, less is fine of course, then I could buy some new music.
I want to get a setup for my desk at work, the headphone out on my laptop is garbage, I do have a receiver and a set of speakers on my desk, but the headphone out on the bottom of the barrel 1960s Jc Penny/Penncrest receiver is even worse then the laptop. The speakers are surprisingly very good performers, Boston Acoustics HD5s that I nabbed for $12 at a thrift, see attached photo.
I listen to a narrow variety, Rock, Metal, Blues, little bit of Jazz(tho increasingly more), and very little hip hop/dupstep/rap, and just about zero 'pop' type stuff. I have a set of AKG K240 mkii's, and a set of ATH M35s, and I want something completely different than those two, I like new stuff. Open or closed doesnt matter cause I work nights and theres nobody around, comfort doesnt matter, my ears are so darn sensitive that all phones Ive ever tried hurt after an hour or so, and when I wear my glasses its even worse, so I just deal with it. I like bass, but Im content with the BA HD5s which are a tiny bookshelf with a 5.25in driver that only gets down to 55hz so its not a top priority. Mostly I just want something different to rotate in.
Since both my headphone out options are turds, Ill be needing a dac/amp as well and Im 90% set on a fiio e10 from adorama for $45 which leaves $105 on this gift card I have. Ive narrowed it down to
1. Grado SR80i(MS1 perhaps?)
2. Shure SRH440
3. ATH AD700
4. god only knows what else, I started looking at IEMs today, but I'm really not sure there but not against it either
What do you guys think?