I'm looking to purchase my first good headphones and would like to hear some recommendations. I'm currently using onboard audio (ALC1200), and don't have any kind of amp to go with. I'm willing to spend max. 300-500 euros total (headphones+amp?+?).
The headphones should be open or semi-open (low isolation). They should be good "all arounders" that do a decent job with any genre of music, movies, audiobooks, games, etc... The most important genres would be melodic and symphonic (and pretty much any other type of) metal. The headphones should also be comfortable.
I've noticed that mentioning metal usually gives you the instant "Get Grados!" response, but what about the other genres? Grados also don't look too comfortable to me, and I'm not sure if I like their build quality either. I'm currently interested in Beyerdynamic's DT 880 and AKG's K-601 / K-701, but I've heard they all require a good amp, which I don't have. So what headphones and other devices should I get? Is it even possible to fit anything reasonable in my budget? If not, what are the best cheaper solutions?
I'm NOT going to buy anything used or an amp that has visible tubes on it!
Oh, and sorry if I wasn't supposed to start a new thread for this!