First post, but have been reading and researching for a while. I'm looking for a new set of headphones, currently using Beats Studio and although they aren't perfect they have treated me well, but it's time I upgrade and move to a better more all around headphone. I ideally am looking for something that is very versatile, in both what can be listened to on them and places to listen. I do listen on my iPod/iPhone a lot, but typically listen on my mac. I would be looking for something that was ok on my iPhone, but also could be amped and played through my computers/ record player.
My music tastes are:
35%% Indie rock/ Rock (bands such as The National, Sufjan Stevens, The XX, Radiohead, Animal Collective, etc.)
20% Singer Songwriter (Bon Iver, Jack Johnson, acoustic music guys, blah, blah)
20% Dubstep/ modern (LCD Soundsystem, Pretty Lights, SBTRKT, etc)
20%Intstrumental/ Jam Bands (DMB, Sigur Ros, Explosions in the Sky)
5% Hip Hop, R&B, & Jazz
I'm trying to stay under $400 for the headphones and amp, but can go up a little bit to get what would work best for me. I would like a portable amp that I could take with to school and on the go, and maybe it would even work with my iPhone, iPad. I haven't really done any research on amps so any advice in that department would be great.
As for headphones, I have been looking into Grado's a lot and they seem to be a pretty balanced headphone that excels in rock, but I'm not sure if they would be good for the Dubstep like stuff. I've mostly looked at the SR325is. I've also been looking at some of the Sennheiser's, and on the expensive side for me the Denon AH A100. I'm open to any and all suggestions though.
Thank you so much for any help. This site is great and all of you seem so helpful. I really appreciate it.
Grados are a joke when it comes to dubstep. The A100s seem interesting, but I wonder how many people have heard them. Besides, I wouldn't use wood headphones outside - you're just asking for them to get scratched or cracked. The audio-technica ES10s have some deep bass that's not too intrusive. You could also consider the Phiaton MS400s.
As for portable amps, I wouldn't worry too much about one. For low impedance, high sensitivity headphones, the sound difference is incremental at best. Save your money, or get a cheap non-battery-powered DAC/amp like the Audinst MX1 for your computer, since the audio quality of computers is usually worse than that of portable devices'.
Edited by 12345142 - 11/4/11 at 8:54pm