Originally Posted by nphase
Say I've got an AKG K240 MKII, and I enjoy it quite a bit. Say I'm currently running a Fiio e10 as my DAC/Amp. Say I am looking for something similar that's a step up from it.
I primarily listen to electronic music. I also regularly play indie-ish rock (Mute Math, Radiohead, etc). I will also occasionally put on some Rachmaninoff or Chopin, but that's more of an exception. I'm usually jamming out to music that's got a pretty big.
Any suggestions for what to buy next?
There's not very many steps up to the K240 MKII unless you spend more than $200. K240 is pretty good for the price. If you love the sound of the K240 MKII I wouldn't suggest getting anything with more bass and less forward mids. Are you ok with the bass on the K240 or do you want even more?
You could try the DT-880, which is pretty impressive with electronic music, but it's not bass heavy. You may hate the sound coming from the AKG K240 and it's not for everyone. I prefer the AKG Q701 which is often found for $225, but you'd need to upgrade your amp for the DT-880 and Q701.
Q701 is not suggested for any bass heavy electronic music. I love it for ambient music.
If you love the K240 MKII like I do, you'd love the Q701 I think. You lose out on a lot of bass though, so you may not want to bother.
You could also give the SRH-840 a try. It's not even remotely bass light and I don't get why people say this. It has a lot of similarities to the K240 MKII. Check this graph out:
K240 MKII was an old favorite and I upgraded to the SRH-840 and then the Koss Pro DJ 100. Those are mostly side-grades I guess.
Despite my suggestion for the DT-880, I don't know if you'd be happy with it's mids coming from the K240 MK2. I've found they have better mids than the DT-770 and DT-990 though.
Going from the AKG K240 MKII to the DT-770 Pro 80 would make me sad
Edited by tdockweiler - 12/3/11 at 1:03pm