I'm looking to upgrade to some new over-ear phones. I love the sound of the 518's but i want more! I've been looking at the Shure 1440 / AKG 701 / HiFiMan HE-400 and a few others. So thats my price range. I could possibly push it out to the HE-500 or the Shure 1840 or an equivalently priced headphone. AUD $700ish Max! But only if it's absolutely worth it. I'd prefer something under $500. I'll be running the headphones through my PCs onboard soundcard for now, i'll be buying an ASUS Xonar ST soon as well. Unless you guy's have a better suggestion.
I want some headphones that'll bring my music alive :D
In terms of music preference, i'm listening to music along the lines of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, Beatles, Tool, Rage Against The Machine, Foo Fighters and some occasional Trance/Dance/Psy Music. All FLAC, i won't be playing much low quality files.
Any suggestions or advice about the phones i mentioned would be awesome.