I am looking for:
best mids for under $300, Open, over-the-ear full size headphone - to use at basement home office. Looking for soundstage and separation.
I have not yet experienced bass detail, nor airiness - curious about these characteristics.
I thought I had wanted treble detail, but the KRK 8400's hurt (even after burn-in)
> many years ago, I owned Grado 125, and enjoyed them.... but, that was before I got into portable amps, I forget their sound..
> AKG's seem interesting, I recall thinking they had refined power, maybe less raw punch, maybe less of a monitor than I have been accustomed to, I don't know enough...
> Classic rock, (Zep), Jazz, Zappa, Steely Dan, Vocalists (Lambert Hendricks Ross, Ella, Tony Bennet) and some stupid disco. I like separation and soundstage.
DT 770 Pro 80s - recessed mids
KRK KNS 8400 - treble is piercing, hurts my ears, harsh monitor.
ATH-50m - out at Jay's to be re-cabled for the past month...so, I kinda forget what they sound like.
JVC-S500 - my portable commuter cans.
At home I use either:
MBP > Schiit BiFrost > Denon CD Receiver UD-M31 > headphone
iPhone or iPad or iTouch > HRT iStreamer > iBasso Warbler P4 > Headphone
(I did not receive any suggestions in the recommendations thread for less than USD 300)