Can't do open headphones because there's just too much noise around me most of the time (be it other people, be it studio noise, whatever). I've owned at least 30 different kinds of headphones, 10~ different IEMs during my time here at Head-Fi so I know what's good with headphone signatures.
The thing that makes it more complicated for me is that I'm finding closed headphones to be a necessity. Also, low impedance is also very important as I have to be able to use these unamped out of my iPhone.
I currently only have a Superlux HD681, MEElec HT-21's and VSonic R02 PRO II's in my possession. The HD681s are nice, but they were painfully bright to begin with and became razor sharp after I added some Megami cable. The HT-21's are awesome but they're also prone to being harsh on the mids and highs. If you know what the R02 PRO II sounds like, it's pretty much exactly the sound signature I love.
I had Senn HD 25-1-II's for a while, but I got really sick of the sound signature. Seemed too congested, for lack of a better word. The mids took a lot of getting used to.
Big fan of DT770/880/990, but again, wouldn't be appropriate for outside the studio usage.
Had the Ultrasone PRO 650s, they were nice, but something about them bugged me. Couldn't remember what. I was a huge fan of the Ultrasone HFI580 when I had it, but I could tell all too well that it was low end among high end headphones. That said, I really enjoyed the HFI580 while I had them. I ended up selling them for a more neutral pair of headphones for audio production.
One of my friends has the ATH-M50's which are great, but I thought they were too hollow sounding, I think.
So here I am now. Ideally I would like something as neutral as possible for recording purposes, but I also am definitely a basshead and I want tons of clear and loud sub bass (my main issue with the Etymotics and AKGs i've owned). Maybe I should be looking into DJ headphones? I've been hearing a lot about the Koss PRO DJ 100 but I hear a lot of mixed responses about those and would like the opinion of someone who is familiar with reference headphones. I'm not insisting on something that has a perfectly linear response curve per se but anything that is intended for the purpose which reference headphones typically serve.
I also have been liking what I have been hearing about the Panasonic HTF600, especially the reviews that liken it to a HD650 in terms of similar sound quality. But I already own three pairs of cheap headphones, and I'm on a small budget, so I'd like to spend as little as I have to but I'm willing to spend closer to the $100+ range. I was interested in the M-Audio Q4 (i remember looking at it when i bought the HD25-1-II's) but I remember hearing some people say it was sibilant (can't be having that at all - i'm extremely sensitive to high end sound, so i prefer headphones with less prominent extreme high end).
Edited by vapman - 4/2/12 at 10:08pm