Well, I'm not new by any means, but I'm new to cans and their history. I've been an IEM user for a long time. My favorite IEM's are the TWKS ones (Brainwavz B2 mostly, though I used Atrios for the longest time), so I favor neutrality/analytical sound and a larger soundstage over a so-called "fun" sound signature. I suspect my higher frequency hearing has been damaged or lost, so brightness doesn't tend to irritate me the way it does some people (and most bass-heavy or laid back signatures, I find boring)
So right now, I'm at four cans: Grado SR-80 (my favorite Grado and my first decent headphone...I have not liked Grados at all as I've moved up the line. PS500 was okay, but was basically just SR-80 with more bass to me, which isn't worth a $600 upgrade), Denon AHD2000 (was going to sell these due to listening fatigue, but they are the only closed back headphones I have, so I might start using them in the office), Audio Technica AD2000x (bought about a month ago...easy to drive from my portable amp set-up -Leckerton 6 UHA-, lovely midrange, great for rock music!) and now the HD800 (admittedly, I had been eyeing the Q701 for awhile, but the HD800 sounded like a higher end version of it, as it did highs and soundstage without sacrificing midrange, low end or imaging, plus I just found it way more exciting overall). Right now, I'm using my SR-80's for computer listening (youtube, videos, etc), AD2000x for "fun" listening and the HD800 for more serious listening (it's pretty intense to listen to...not fatiguing, but I'm not used to my ears taking in so much detail!)
The Leckerton does drive the HD800 pretty good, but they sound better either straight out of my vintage receiver or out of my Marantz SACD8004 headphone jack, which has a built-in headphone amplifier. So next wallet breaker will likely be a higher end amp.
Edited by GoldfishX - 6/16/13 at 11:15am