Music: Listening to Autechre, Sufjan Stevens, Art Blakey remasters, chamber music
Portable: Able to fit in a briefcase, but I don't walk around with them on my ears
Requirements: Decent soundstage, warmth in mids, clarity (but not abrasiveness) in highs. I'm not a basshead: I like to hear the upright bass in jazz, but it doesn't need to flood the spectrum.
Budget: Preferably below $400
Current favorite headphones are the Grado SR-80's. With those, I back off just a hair at 2kHz and boost things just a bit at 100Hz. Source gear is a Rio Karma, sometimes MiniDisc. I prefer "warm" over "analytical. I liked the ESW9's, though they felt "bloated" in the upper midrange.
Any suggestions are welcome.
I would suggest the Phiaton MS300. A sort of grado-like sound signature, warmer tone, closed design, great detailing throughout the spectrum with a nice punchy bass and clear yet not shrill highs.
Edited by Armaegis - 4/5/11 at 1:16pm