After some thinking, i've decided to expand my budget to 700 dollars. I'm looking for an open headphone which will be best for rock, heavy metal, and pop rock. One thing I strongly dislike is laid back headphones. I want my headphone to sound alive and exciting, but most importantly, fun. Something else I want is forward mids, my m50 has recessed mids which I don't like. I usually have to turn up the volume to get the most out of the mids causing the treble to be too harsh. I know most people would recommend me a grado right away, but I want an in depth response on the he500 and he400. I want it to sound alive and fun, but I also appreciate headphones which sound beautiful and sophisticated. I dont know how to explain the sound signature that i want, but I will try my best. When I'm listening to a song and the vocals come in, music being shoved down someone's throat which is kind of what a grado does (I never listened to one, this is speculation based on reviews) will normally impress someone more than a different headphone. In my case, I want a headphone which gives you that grado feeling, but I also want it to sound beautiful and I want to appreciate the fidelity and how beautiful the vocals sound rather than just have it scream at me (Im not talking about heavy metal lol, that's all about screaming). Which one wil fit me better out of these three options (or any other headphone in the 700 dollar price range) will fit me better? Please feel free to suggest other headphones as well :). Also, don;'t think that I won't take any grado suggestions, I'm completely open to them if they fit my criteria.
EDIT: I also want to point out that I want to stay away from fatiguing highs
Edited by daniel521 - 9/1/12 at 5:02pm