I have owned some fairly decent AKG's and Sennheiser's in the past, all sub-$100 though. However, I have decided to treat myself to a pair of nice cans. I haven't got a huge budget to spend, I would like to stay under €200-ish (around $250, or £160), which should get me something decent. I listen to pretty much all genres, but mainly post-rock, post-punk, jazz, alt rock, neo-psych, etc. Also, I do some freelance work as a sound engineer in my spare time, so it would be a plus if they were somewhat useable for that. The latter is definitely not a huge requirement though.
Comfort is important, I tend to wear my headphones for reasonably long periods, and I have struggled with uncomfortable headphones in the past. I would prefer a circumaural model. Since I would use them often on the bus/train, closed-back seems like the way to go to me, but I'm certainly willing to go with open-back if that would benefit the sound quality noticably. I would prefer a detachable cord since I have broken quite a few of them. I like some bass, but they definitely shouldn't be too bass-heavy. At the moment, I do not own a headphone amp, and I don't think my budget allows for one. However, I am willing to buy one if it is worthwile (within this budget) and if the headphones and amp together wouldn't be too much over €200. (maybe a PA2V2?)
I have looked at the Shure SRH840, the Audio Technica ATH-M50, the Beyerdynamic DT770/DT990 and quite some others, but I can't quite make up my mind.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Edited by landervdb - 11/7/12 at 1:06pm