I've decided to become more of an "audiophile" lately and want to get a pair of over ear headphones that will provide the best sound for my setup. I mostly listen to music through one of my three source players (iPad 3rd gen, iPhone 4, and iPod Classic 6th gen) hooked up to either my JDS Labs cMoyBB or digiZoid ZO2. The full sized headphones that I currently use the most are the AIAIAI TMA-1 and Skullcandy Roc Nation Aviators. My audio files are typically 256-320kbps and often in MP3 or any other iTunes/iPod compatible format. I listen mainly to mainstream, popular stuff that tops the iTunes charts. I value high clarity and soundstage the most although I am a pretty big fan of bass (can be accomplished by pairing anything with the ZO2).
I would like to use this pair of "audiophile" headphones as a reference point to test out other headphones, so I'd want the highest quality sound possible.
I did some digging around and found these sub-$200 headphones (listed in order of price) -
- Shure SRH440 ($80)
- Grado SR60i ($80)
- Grado SR80i ($100)
- Sennheiser HD280 ($100)
- Sennheiser HD518 (130)
- Shure SRH840 ($157)
- Audio Technica ATH-M50 ($160)
- Sennheiser HD558 ($175)
- Beyerdynamic DT770-PRO ($190)
Question is, which one(s) will provide the best listening experience using my current setup? Or are there any other headphones that are more highly recommended for my setup?
Thanks in advance!