I own a pair of Senn HD595 which are decent (i think the source is worse since i'm not using any dedicated amp).
I moved to a noisier office and I need more isolation. On top of this, the bass is utterly lacking. Even a cheap logitech gameset is better in the bass IMO.
Isolation doesnt need to be perfect
Important things that I cannot live without:
1) Confort. Every headpiece sooner or later hurts my ears, the later that happens the better. I can spend 200-300€ only for better confort
2) Deep but tight bass, i hate boomy bass both in speakers and headphones.
3) Lively midrange, like the best tube amps or a live event.
4) No HF peaks, both in the midrange shout (around 3k) and above 10k. I particularly hate the raising response of
some speakers. I prefer rolled off highs, if i cannot have correct one, smoothly decreasing.
I do not care for:
5) Total neutrality, as in sterile mastering devices
6) Soundstage, as long as the instruments sound like what they are (and violins not like flutes)
I prefer correct but slightly darker timbre with prat, like Naim amps and sources to give an idea. I hate thin, metallic sounds (digitalis at its worst). I like airy sound when it's NOT a result of emphasized HF.
Budget is anything from 200 to 1000 euros. If I cant try it in a store or fair, it has to be in the lowest pricerange and easy to resell.
I do NOT collect headphones nor plan to, one size-fit-all is what i'm looking for here.
Some options that could fit my bill, til next future upgrade (yes, they are from different priceranges):
-Ultrasone Edition 8
-Ultrasone HFI 680
-Sennheiser HD800 (i'm afraid that the treeble could be too strong)
A suitable amp in the 400-800€ range will be matched later, which i prefer to be solid state (so the lush midrange better be an headphone characteristic).