Okay, I stood too close to the damn rabbit hole and now I'm falling. I had no idea how amazing headphones could be. A while back I thought the Harmon Kardon CLs sounded pretty good, but having given them another listen recently, I find they sound terrible to me (like someone put the sound in a cardboard box). But I'm slowing myself down now and having a think.
So, my needs? I have a lower mid-range sound system (7.1 AVR/speakers) that keeps me pretty happy, but I'm a renter, so I frequently have to compromise volume for the sake of my neighbors. So I would like some good open cans with an excellent soundstage for that.
I would like some good closed cans for travel and for visiting with people. I currently have the ATH M50 (okay for now). [EDIT - just listened to the DT770, so maybe not]
I would like some IEMs for exercising, shopping, errand-running, etc. I currently have the Sennheiser CX 280 (also okay for now).
Question is, do I really need more than one of each of all these for tonal variety? I listen to a broad variety of music, but very little country or serious jazz, and just a smattering of world art music (though I'm exploring). Pretty much everything else is on the table (from light piano to death metal, and any type of vocals). I think with my semi-limited use of phones, I would be good with one model of each for now, but I would like to find something that covers that full range pretty well. Also, I'll be getting a portable amp (prob a Fiio), and running them off my AVR at home (prob get a pre-amp at some point). So…
For Closed, I'm good with the M50 for now [though I see that changing soon]. For Portables, maybe some better IEMs (and I can see getting some small cans for certain activities later). And for Open, my budget has gone up. I was looking to keep it under $150; now I would like to keep it around $300 or under.
So for Open cans under $300, any suggestions that would fall into the realm of large soundstage and broad tonal versatility?
I'm leaning toward the DT 990 or DT 880 (if I can find the right price), the HD598 (how does it compare to the 600?), the K701/K702, and the SR325is.
I've also considered getting multiple special-purpose cans, i.e. the ATH-AD900 for classical/instrumental.
[EDIT - I learned of a place nearby (thanks to the Head-fi Meets forum) where I could give some of these phones a listen. I checked out the DT 880 and DT 770. I liked the sound, based on limited listening, of course. And they were oh so comfy. Also, I saw there's a Meet coming soon to my area that I'm going to try to get to. So I guess this is more of a "what should I focus on learning there at this early stage?" post.]
Get the DT 880 Pro 250 Ohm version. It best fits your needs, budget and audio equipment.