So a few months ago I was a click away from buying the ATH-M50 and a dac but then I immediately thought I would regret it for some reason. I have now decided to spend more money on headphones (max. $250). I don't mind getting a pair of headphones that need a good amp but I won't be getting the amp right with it. This way I can get an extra SQ boost from buying an amp/dac than a new pair of headphones.
I listen to a lot of genres, they are on my year old 27" iMac and 85% flac, 14% 320kbps and the other 1% 256kbs to less. I am going to list a few of the main genres and bands I listen to so you guys can help me with choosing a pair of headphones. Classic rock (Led Zep, Pink Floyd, CCR, The Doors, etc....), Electronica (Justice, Deadmau5, Siriusmo, Swedish House Mafia), Classical (Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven, etc...), Reggae ( Toots and the Maytals, Bob Marley, Natiruts, etc...), Modern Rock (Arctic Monkeys, Jack White's bands, Mars Volta, etc...) and then many other genres but not as much.
So I do need a pair of headphones that are good at every genre that I may throw at them. I used to own Grado Sr60i, but they were mediocre at anything that was not rock. What annoyed me the most was bass heavy music (ie: electronica), the bass was basically non existent. I don't need HPs that are bass heavy (I have logitech Z-2300 for that) but I would like the bass to be present and true to the source. I will be using these headphones in my dorm, so open or closed is not an issue.
Sorry for not posting in the help thread but seems like people get ignored or get one recommendation and thats it.