im aiming to spend around $400. i can be persuaded to spend a bit more, especially since i recently saw some higher end models closer to my price range.
my list has basically come down to:
sennheiser 650 hd, 600 hd, 598 hd, and pxc 450
akg 701, and k550
denon- initially thought the ad2000s were the best in my range, but found a suitable price for the 5000s.
audio technica ath esw9a, a900x, ad900, and ath-w 1000x
im open to grado and/or beyerdynamic as well, but havent been sold all that well on them.
so i could really use some comparisons, within the brand, or brand against brand if possible. until now my heart had been with all of the sennheisers. its been clear id need an amp with the 600s or 650s, but its now come to my attention that such an amp would be a few hundred bucks. ill buy an amp if need be, but i dont want to spend much.
so now i guess im probably leaning toward the hifiman he400s. but if the ath-w 1000x, or denon ad5000s are superior, id go with them. but ive gathered the impression the only one that wont NEED an amp are the hifimans.
purposes: mostly general music listening. probably some recording and monitoring.
as for my particulars, im probably not experienced enough. until now, ive sworn by bose. my car stereo is a bose, and although its probably not even a high end model, i love it. i definitely like to listen to music about as loudly as i can. ive always found that even though it isnt necessary, i love turning the bose stereo up full blast in the car. i like a lot of instrument separation (is that a wide sound stage?). clarity. i wouldnt consider myself a bass head, but great bass response is certainly a major consideration. i find bose to be very clear and bright, with good overall handling.
i am also a little confused about frequency range. i was under the impression the greatest range is the best range. the hifiman he400s appear not to have much in terms of frequency response range, however i see rave reviews about them in all regards, including bass. not sure how this works, especially with competing headphones having a greater listed range.
any help is much appreciated. ive poured through this site and others and im still not satisfied.