My HD 598's have been really great, I'm giving them away very soon though, so another headphone will have to take its place.
I've been looking around and listening to different headphones over the past few weeks, but couldn't a decision yet... These are the ones I'm considering (but please if you can suggest any others, do so):
Sennheiser HD 650: I wasn't able to listen to them for too long and also not with many songs I listen to a lot. My feelings are very mixed for these, so I can't comment much on the sound other than that I liked it slightly less than the Q701.. I also don't like the looks and material of it.
AKG Q701 (& K701): Really liked those, very precise. I don't want particularly bass heavy headphones, but these really had very, very little.. Again, precise bass though. Very comfortable. Don't like the Quincy Jones thing they did, nor do I particularly like the materials either, but better than the HD 650 IMO.
Beyerdynamic DT 880: Wasn't able to listen to them yet, but they look like a competitor to the two above.
Beyerdynamic T 1: Instantly thought these were the best out of all when I heard them. The only thing that's holding me back is the price to be honest.. I wasn't expecting to pay this much, but then again I'd rather pay more for something that I know will last. These are just made out of great materials and I appreciate that.
The T 1 would cost me about $870-$930, is that a good price (2 year warranty) or could I get them cheaper somewhere else? (I'm in Switzerland)
I will be listening to music (and occasionally watch movies) at home with my iMac. I don't have an amp. yet, but will get one after the headphones.
Is this a good choice? I don't want to pay more than that..: http://www.jdslabs.com/item.php?fetchitem=O2Full
Or would an FiiO E9 do?
Do I need a DAC? If I had to choose between an amp. or a DAC in the beginning, which one would be a better investment for sound quality?
Any help will be very much appreciated!