Not enough for what I need all at once. I have around $300 extra per month to spend on audio for the next few months, then more after that, so things will need to be bought separately.
I had a pair of Pioneer HDJ-1000's that I've been using for a few years now, Some J-B weld fixed the snapping in half problem that they had, but the sound just isn't good anymore and they are still not comfortable, so all I really have to use now is my gaming headset which is really excellent at being comfortable and exaggerating footsteps and bombs being defused, but that's really not what I'm looking to do.
Two needs really, well ok, one" need" and a "really want".
First I need a set of headphones for tracking drums/percussion and acoustic+electric guitar and vocals, and keyboard. Since all of those instruments (except the keyboard) are being mic'ed I'm thinking that I need something closed, lightweight, comfortable, good isolation, with a "fast attack" (low group delay?), anyway something that has that percussive drum feel somewhere in it.
Second (the want) I want/need a set of open back circumaural headphones for mixing and also for just listening, and gaming (but not multiplayer). The most important thing is that I want a huge soundstage, the bigger the better. I prefer a flat response for the low and mid range (should still extend to 20hz or lower), but a peek higher up so things like bells, whistles, cymbals, and Vitas sound sharp.
I think that I may need an amp as well, but really I have no clue on this, I'll be using these with various things, mostly with my zoom r24 interface, but also direct to a Yamaha p95 keyboard, and a Pioneer VSX-D412 receiver at the computer.
I can't try any out before I buy them so I'm stuck reading comparison reviews and that's not really getting me very far very quickly, I'm still confused as to what I need. So far as I can tell the Sennheiser HD598's would be a good match for the open back set, but I don't know if there is a better option out there, especially since they are just that ugly (I'll still buy them if it's what is right sound wise, because I know my taste is a bit off. (I think the AKG q701 are some of the best looking)) For the closed back I really don't know, I'm looking for sound at least as detailed and isolated as the HDJ-1000's but more comfort and lighter.
Does anyone care to make some suggestions for me?
#1: Sennheiser HD25-1-ii: small and portable, very good isolation, clamps kinda tight so comfort is hard to gauge for others, definitely a "fast attack" kind of sound with lots of kick to it. More expensive, also strongly consider the Beyerdynamic DT1350. Isolation is on par, more comfortable (for me), sound is a little dryer with faster decay, but lacks the kick of the HD25-1-ii which is could go either way on the good/bad spectrum.
#2: I really can't think of any open backed headphone that has a flat response down to 20Hz except maybe the expensive orthos (or less expensive but requires work on your part, a modded Fostex T50RP). If you can live with a bit of rolloff, the AKG K701 or Audio Technica AD900/1000/2000
The Fostex and AKG want a little more power than the others, but a receiver should be adequate for any of them.
Budget = Under $500
Here's my listening preference:
Hip-Hop = 50%
The rest* = 50%
*includes in order Electronic,Pop,Rock,Orchestra (film soundtracks)
My current source is my Zune HD and my computer. I will eventually buy an AMP and DAC so if you recommend a headphone that needs to be amped that's ok.
In order of importance:
1. Balanced sound since I listen to a variety of music. I don't like bass heavy headphones.
2. Comfort (I don't want head fatigue or listening fatigue)
Open or closed is fine with me
The only headphones I'm familiar with is the Sennheiser PX-100 and the UE Super 5 Pro. I'm open to any suggestions. Right now I'm leaning towards the HD600 or HD650, but I would need to listen to them first before deciding.
The HD600/650 need an amp to really come alive. I say get the 600 and spend the rest of the money on an amp or dac/amp.