Hello there Head-Fi. I've been reading this non stop trying to decide what headphones to get and finally decided to just join and ask. I'm very new to the whole audiophile business so here we go.
I'm currently using a pair of on-ear JVC noise canceling headphones that I got as a gift a few years back. They were fine until my friend at school got me started on lossless and I tried his HD 650's. So now I'm slowly building my lossless library and am looking for a major upgrade in cans. I don't have an amp or a dac yet but plan on expanding. I'm using my iPod and my macbook pro right now but will hopefully be upgrading sources in the future. When I record I run through a Motu Ultralight mk3 USB 2 connection.
So I'm looking for a good pair of (probably closed cans). I will also be using them to track vocals, rudimentary mixing and perhaps on stage too. I'm looking to spend around 200-500 and so far the leaders are the akg k271 mkii, Denon ah-d2000/5000 (is there a big enough difference in quality to justify difference in price?) and beyerdynamic dt 770 pro. I know open cans would be bad for vocal tracking but would it be completely awful? The more I listen to music the more I just want great sound quality to the point that I'd be ok keeping the JVC's for recording. Could I survive vocal tracking and on stage performance with open cans?
Any and all advice is appreciated. I'll be quick to answer follow up questions which I'm sure will ensue.