thanks for the advice! I am a bit iffy on active NC headphones though, b/c I already have the ANC-7 which sound solid when NC is turned on, but has occasional stutter/hissing.
I guess I am looking for specifically highly-regarded closed, portable basshead phones that I can try out & see. Sounds like the hifi-580, the pro700mk2, ultrasone pro 900 are legit, so i can looking for similar options or opinions/comparisons on these.
Money is actually not an issue, I can go from $100-$400 without a problem, but I guess I am iffy b/c I personally cannot hear the sonic upgrade on the more expensive headphones. I feel like the changes are a lot more subtle than I expected.
That's the thing about the UE6000, it's highly regarded with the ANC off, and it still meets the criteria you stated earlier. :)
Ultrasone's tend to be too bright for me, especially very much so for the PRO900 (I still think it's the brightest and harshest headphone I have ever touched; I can't stand listening to them for more than 2 minutes). The Pro 700 MKII is pretty much the exact opposite, dark, from what I've read. The HFI-580 is supposedly a similar headphone to the ATH-M50 based on the research I did here while searching for my first "hi-fi" headphone (it doesn't have a removable cable though).
Edited by miceblue - 2/27/13 at 1:24am