I definitely want a new set of open cans if I'm getting something full sized. I'm looking for some mids similar to what Grado gave me, not necessarily the same mids tonally, just somewhat forward like in the Grados. I'm a bit of a treblehead, so treble is good. I don't need a supertweeter on the side of my head, but what's a little too much for some shouldn't be too bad for me. I want tight bass. As long as it's there, it doesn't need to be there in very large quantities, but I'm not going to complain if there is a bit of extra bass provided it is nice and controlled. Comfort is also a big concern here, one of the main reasons Grado is not a major consideration though it does seem to meet most of my criteria pretty well.
I'm also looking for a new portable as well. Same criteria tonally, but closed, smaller, and preferably a detachable cable.
As I said, comfort is a pretty big consideration in my next purchase as that was one of the main reasons I did part with my SR125i (Still considering higher end Grados that are supposedly more comfy).
Haven't mentioned a budget yet... I guess $250 is my max right now.
I've seen two pairs of AKGs locally (K271mkII, K81DJ), same with Audio Technica (M30, M40). Basically, I don't have much choice for testing stuff around here. With that being the case, I'm not wanting to go too far up the price ladder, so while my budget is $250, I'm questioning spending that without being sure I want it.