I am recently a victim of this website and enjoy all the informative information it has provided and feel really reluctant to ask advice since it seems like beating a dead horse with all these other posts concerning this same topic. However, I have a slight difference in musical tastes and not many have expressed these same tastes.
First of all, I currently have a pair of AD700 and have a pair of HD598's on the way here to South Korea. Also, I have a E7& E9 combo DAC/Amp. My tastes in music are strongly rooted in hip/hop, R&B, Soul and Classical, however, I also have interests in alternative and soft rock. Now, herein lies the question, what set of upper echelon cans under the $500 mark best capture my tastes with the given DAC/Amp combo?
I am not a Basshead but I do like pronounced bass but not overwhelming where I find myself clenching my teeth. I like the separation that my ad700's give as well as the soundstage. However I am looking for something with more refinement and something that will take me to the next level.
I have been considering the HD650's, AKG K701/702, Beyer DT880/990's. However, I am opened to other suggestions. Thanks in advance for your time because I know how this may seem overly redundant and daunting to rehash previously explained opinions.