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If you think you'll use them out and about at all, go closed. An open back headphone will be horrible to listen to in public, you'll hear everything around you and not be listening to your music. Likewise, everyone around you will be listening to your music and may or may not appreciate that. The AKG701 is a great can but needs some hefty amplification and is open back. That puts it out of your portable setup use right away and also means you'll need an amp that is a bit more serious than something simple. And even then, you may not like it completely. That said, if you like the idea, signature of sound and reviews of the AKG701, you'll simply love the Shure SHR940 which is a closed headphone and easy to drive. I suggest you check that out. I was in the same boat: K701 or SHR940 and the difference for me was getting a closed headphone for going out with it. I'm completely satisfied with the Shure 940. Perhaps read this thread.
I was in a similar situation not too long ago and here is what I ended up doing.
First of all I should say that my ultimate conclusion was to not find 1 headphone that works perfectly outside and still is top-notch at home, the kind of headphone that has the most amazing sound I usually found to be too expensive to be walking around town with.
There is a revelation however, buying purpose driven headphones.
After much research I ended up listening to 3 headphones (only 2 allowing street use):
I was pretty set on buying the P5s, they looked the part, got great reviews and I had the money to buy them but after carefully listening to all of them at the Auckland (NZ) store of Absolute Sound I ended up buying the M50.
While the cheapest, they blew me away quality wise. They were engaging, exciting, pumping with bass and sparkling with treble.
Of course it's unfair to compare the M50 to the HD800, a NZ$1400 headphone, but compared to the P5 the sound was much much better (subjectively speaking of course).
The lesson to me in all of this was that it's very hard by just reading reviews what the type of sound you like is and what headphone is best suited for you.
I bought the M50 on the spot and haven't looked back, I tried wearing them outside (totally doable) and they isolate well, but ultimately the pleather padding around the ear gave me hot ears and sweaty skin after walking around with them in town for 30min so I wouldn't recommend them for it.
So to come back to the purpose driven buying… buy 1 headphone which you will use primarily when stationery (I carry my M50 to and from work but don't use it on the way) and 1 set of IEMs for quality sound on the go.
I opted for relatively cheap IEMs, NuForce NE-700M (US$75), and with Comply Foam (TX-200) ear tips they give me much much better isolation in the street and as such sound much better than the M50 for instance because the detail comes through much better.
They also don't need an amp and you can plug them straight into the iPhone/iPod if needed and with the mic on them you can even take calls without removing the ear tips. Handy.
Anyway, to bring this full circle, don't try to find the one-size-fits-all. You'll end up buying something that isn't ideal for either situation and you're much better off spending $100 on some IEMs for on-the-go and another couple of hundred on a more indoorsy headphone.
And if you then have some money left to spend you can buy a nice desktop amplifier/dac (dac only if you use a computer to play your music off of).
At home I currently have a NuForce Icon Amp (which also includes a DAC, so I can connect my Mac via a USB cable directly to the unit) and at work I have the smaller uDac-2 which I also quite like though I have had a few problems with the uDac overheating lately.
If you're in Auckland, give Michael Steven from Absolute Sound a call and arrange a little listening session with him and trial a couple of headphones, some high end open cans such as the Sennheiser HD800/650 (if he has them in stock at the time, ask him) and then compare it to the very different sound of the B+W P5 and then try the Audio Technica ATH-M50. It would be a solid range of different cost headphones and sound styles that should allow you to make a well informed buying decision.
And after all this to answer your concrete questions:
Lots of stuff to read, hopefully it helps a little.
Feel free to reply with questions or PM me if I can help somehow.
PS: A good set of open cans are the Alessandro MS-1 or the Grado SR-80, but they are hard to get a hold off in NZ. I ordered my MS1 overseas (US$99). They're also 'small enough' to be considered portable but they leak sound like crazy due to the open design.
Open headphones have much better soundstage, the bass in a closed can is less detailed and more bloated.
I disagree and I know it goes against everything btw even facts lol but watching movies or gaming on closed > open for soundstage to my ears just feels so much more beefy and juicy with more depth more immersed.
Depends what you consider soundstage I consider it better bass closer mids highs.