I was going to ask this in the recommendation thread but I figured that a you guys would probably be more knowledgeable on getting a headphone / iem with an excellent soundstage. I currently have a v-moda m80 and had a klipsch x10, and while they are/were pretty good clarity wise, their soundstages left something to be desired (especially the v-moda, which has a little difficulty differentiating between front and back noises imo).
Anyone have glowing recommendations for headphones and iems in the 200-300 range with excellent sound stages?
Also, do I need to get a headphone/amp combo to really get the full experience if I only have a laptop w/ onboard soundcard and an iphone?
Some solid choices are the Q701, MA900, AD900x, Senn HD5x8s, and Fidelio X1.
A dac/amp upgrade will likely make a worthwhile difference over laptop audio. It certainly did for me. Soundstage is actually one of the things that improves the most from that type of upgrade. If this is for home, I'd recommend going for of the inexpensive desktop amp/dac options (FiiO stack, Schiit Stack, etc.)