I currently own a pair of grado sr80i and some 1964 duals, I love the grado sound signature but am looking for a pair of closed cans for work (I work in an open office environment so have been using my duals).
I quite like the brightness of the 80i, although sometimes it can be ever so slightly too bright and a little more bass wouldnt hurt (I am not a bass head but I do like to hear a solid thumb with each hit of the drum kicks).
The duals are good for portability, but when I sit down to really listen to my music they are missing quite a bit of bass and that grado sparkle.
I have heard some good things about the beyerdynamics dt 770 pro although the trough at ~4k on the head room graph does worry me slightly and some have mentioned them not being quick enough (PRaT) for my preferred music.
I primarily listen to progressive rock/metal, favourite bands are dream theatre and queensryche if that helps at all. I also listen to a little jumpstyle/hardstyle and classical, but performance for rock/metal is most important.
I do not require portability as I will be using these at work from my pc, the amp doesnt have to be a soundcard and could be an external amp (although my work pc's sound card has some background noise on my duals, probably due to their low impedance).
What are the differences between the 80 and 250 ohm versions? Is it fair to say the latter is more controlled?
Can the 250 ohm version be driven with the asus xonar st/stx ?
Is there a better set up in my price range (dt770 @ $180 + st/stx is about the upper limit) that would better suit my tastes? Not having to get an amp would significantly reduce the price.
Edited by regicide - 6/13/12 at 6:56pm