I've lurkled here for quite a while now, and have dabbled my foot into the audiophile world on a few occasions. I currently own a pair of Audioengine a5's and a pair of UE super fi pro 5's with a Westone custon cable, both of which I absolutly love and use daily.
However, living in a B&B with my parents is pushing me over the edge with noise control, when we have guests in I now often to have to revert to my IEM's (which can get uncomfortable after a while) or my Roccat Kave Gaming headset (which to be honest, is definitly not made for music listening) so as to keep down the noise. I will also be taking them to uni in september.
I'm currently looking for a set of cans and possibly an AMP/DAC combo (if needed). My total budget is around £450/$720 but I could maybe stretch it if you think it would be definitly worth it. My music taste is incredibly broad so I'm really looking for a great all rounder. I love acoustic music (eg. Bright Eyes, early Dylan, Tallest Man On Earth, Two Gallants etc.) but am also really into Chillwave and some electro (e.g. Neon Indian, Toro Y Moi, Yacht, Caribou etc.) and then there's everything inbetween, Indie, rock, post rock, I might even stretch to some pop if I'm feeling like it. Sorry if it sounds like i'm being pretenious but from looking at other "what should I buy " threads, it seems the more specific you are, the better. And as stupid as this sounds, the look of the headphone is a factor in what I buy, I'm a design student and love good aesthetics, I'm put off buying headphones just because of what they look like.
I don't have much preference on open/closed headphones, but from what I gather , open give a much better soundstage and are normally just generally better sounding headphones. (forgive me if I'm wrong, I'm only newbie)
From just mere browsing (unfortunatly I don't live near to any shops that stock good headphones) I like the look of the Audio Technica ath-w1000x (I love the look of wood cups) but they mgiht be stretching my budget some what. I also like the look of the Grado sr325i's ( I might have a chance to try a pair belonging to my dads friend next week sometime) but am put off by the comfort issues some owners have reported (I will most likely be wearing these for long periods of time)
So yeah, apologies for the long post, I look forward to hearing your reccomendations.
Thanks in advance.