Ok. Here I go.
I like the HD600 a lot and listened to them almost exclusively for classical music. But I didn''t enjoy the fit; the head clamp is a little too much for prolonged listening. It just wasn't comfortable for me.
I'm scratching my head as to what my remaining options are for classical music. Both the AKG 70* and DT880 are noted as being more comfortable than the HD600. I don't think I'd enjoy the treble of the DT880 and the AKG 70* gets a lot of criticism for requiring a more an expensive amp to help them along. That being said they both have their devotees. I wish that the Q701 were actually different than the K701/2 but most seem to agree that its just a repackaging.
What options am I left with? I'm looking for something that can do symphonies as well as violin solos, something perhaps a little less dark than the HD600, and something really comfortable.
Oh yeah, amp for now is E9 and looking at that under $300 budget.