Wow, with 24,000 posts, I'll be surprised if my question finds an answer, but head fi seems pretty adamant this is the place to start.
I have a pair of Klipsch Forte IIs which I love. I would never listen to headphones given my druthers, but sometimes it is necessary (the wife is sleeping). I have a pair of Shure SRH840s, which are OK, but I want an experience closer to "open room with speakers." I recently auditioned the Grado SR225is, having recently read good things about open back designs, but they didn't offer enough difference to warrant the switch. The PSB M4Us claim to have Room Feel (tm), but I dunno (no audition yet). So, any ideas on a $ 200 - 400 pair of cans that give that open room feeling?
Note: I don't need noise cancelling, and all earbuds are out.
To get the sound stage you seek, you'll need open cans. Not all open cans have a large sound stage and the the Grado is one of those that doesn't. However, open cans leak sound and will make a sleeping wife very unhappy if she is close enough to hear the leaked sound.
If you are still interested, we will need to know:
What equipment will be powering these cans? Will you be using an amp?
What is the format of your music and other sounds you will putting into these cans?
Most of us have not heard your speakers. Describe the sound signature that you are seeking.
What music genres do you plan run through these cans?