First off I consider myself an audiophile in that I love great sounding audio, whether it be movies, music or games. As for my tastes...I enjoy a wide variety of genres, from rock to bluegrass, pop to musicals, symphony to metal with a side of electronic/dance. I also spend a fair amount of time gaming on the PC. All of my music is archived in lossless quality files.
I do not have a studio or a sound proof room from which I can enjoy my music in a noise free environment. I also listen to things that I do not want my kids to hear. From what I gathered searching, Open headphones emulate a wider soundstage (not sure what that means) whereas Closed cans offer sound isolation and more bass response. Isolation and bass response are important to me..among other things.
The sound I'm looking for could best be described as Full Range. I want something that can replicate the subtle of picks on mandolin strings and fingers sliding up the fourth string on a banjo. I want something that can shake my ear drums when the stand up bass is hammering away in a ragtime song. I want something that handles loud lead guitar solos with ease and has tight punchy bass drums along with mellow bass of a bass guitar. Something that plays well with techno music played loud and metal as well. In summary, clear sharp highs, full rich vocals and midrange and strong bass when the music calls for it. I like it loud with no distortion or bottoming out.
I currently own a set of mediocre Bose QC15s and some Sony MDR-EX71SLA buds which are also mediocre. I've owned shure e2c and e500 buds in the past. The 500's were nice but I'm not looking to spend that much and I'm not looking for buds. I have an amp, albeit a small one (fiios e5) and was thinking about getting the e7 and e9 unless there is a better solution in that price range.
My price range is $300-350 although I won't turn up my nose at cheaper ones if they are a better fit. Comfort is also an important factor, not so much weight as soft plush pads that completely engulf my ears.
Ive heard mention here of the likes of the ultrasone hfi780 and the sennheiser hd 598 and the audio technica m50 and the beyerdynamic dt880. I'm not sure if any or all of these fit the bill, they are just some names that I've seen in my searching.
Sorry this is so long...thanks for reading and if you post a helpful response, thanks for that as well.