If you are considering the XB series...before you do...just make sure you read this thread :) I agree with you the Pro 900's are fickle...but just read this before you make up your mind.
It was a recent thread.
... I was there, In fact I REVIVED that thread xD so I've read over EVERYTHING there thank you though
I would get the Ultrasone Pro 900 over any of the Sony XB series...one of my previous roommate used to have them all (in successive upgrades). So I've listened to them a lot, the bass thump and extension (depending on the model) is the only thing good about them. They're okay, but nothing special. I would pick the Pro 900 in an instant over any of the Sony XB models.
Also, the S-Logic is somewhat useful. It's essentially angled drivers which hit the outer ear and thus enter your ears somewhat more naturally. Hitting the targeted regions results in clearer auditory sensations and thus the auditory perception is better. Well that's what they say...but the main thing is that it's a Closed and Sealed headphone. This is where I prefer the D2000 better. The soundstage is definitely better on the D2000 since it's not sealed. It's closed, but not sealed - hence the leakage. Overall, the Denon's unsealed cups gives better performance than S-Logic in that regard. Also now days a lot of headphones have started angling their drivers, so I don't really pay attention to S-Logic or whatever they want to call it. You just can't fake acoustic physics.
Also OP, I highly recommend you trying the HE-400. They would be in your budget. You can find them used as well for quite cheap on the forums here. I got my HE-500 around the $500 mark. So anything is possible. One of the reason I stay away from the pro 900 now is because of the fatigue and loss of hearing. Some might not find them shrill, but your ears still take a toll - your brain just adjusts, but the hearing once gone won't come back. Another place where D2000 does well. Always turn down the volume to the lowest with the pro 900s - just trying to save your ears :)
ANd yea I feel you there, I like the XB series because only the Bass is good... everything else is Sufficent! So for those times that I just want some big nasty ANGRY or super mellowed out Dub Step... the Xb's never let me dwn! So the concept of the 1000 appeals to me, improve the 700 series but keep the sound signiture... COOL
And again I have faith in the EDM powers of the dt 880, the EDM thread likes them with EDM music so I'm sure i will ^^, Still though it's nice to hear the d2k r nice to,
I looked at the D5000 as well which where around the same price of the HE-400, still I'd like to have a nice collection of cans so <3 I'll get them all eventually!