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Upgrade from HD-595?

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Hi! Long time reader here looking for a new pair of headphones.


Price: $500 (or slightly higher)


Music: Anything and Everything! (Electronic, Kpop, Dubstep, Rock, Classical, Rap, etc.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64liF2VuLxI (Ratatat - Loud Pipes)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzEUeWnV73U (Bad Apple!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHjpOzsQ9YI (Lindsey Stirling - Crystallize)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WqEp8nbgPg (Ailee - Evening Sky)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7PMJfAT6fk (DJ Okawari - Flower Dance)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoQYw49saqc (Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SK-xhoe3nLM (Epik High - It's Cold)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70EvLqYvJks (David Garrett - Smooth Criminal)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNF0VF9oTf8&feature=relmfu (TwoThirds - Waking Dreams)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-IIwmYIbNA (Itou Kanako - F.D.D)


Current Headphones: Sennheiser HD-595. I loved how light and comfortable these were, and I also liked how these sounded with ballads/vocals in Kpop. However, unsurprisingly, I found the bass on these to be rather lacking.


Amp/DAC: O2/ODAC combo (After spending Black Friday/Cyber Monday looking the the deals thread, I ended up hesitating too much and missing most deals - except for this)


Up until yesterday, I was so certain I wanted to buy a HiFiMan HE-400 for dorm use and a white V-moda M80 for portable use, but then my brain decided that it would be a great idea to fall asleep right before the Amazon lightning deal frown.gif. Now that the combined price of them is back up to $600, I'm not sure.


Oh, I am also a college student. The best case scenario would be to buy a single pair of headphones that pairs well the the O2/ODAC for home use AND works well by itself as portable cans (from a smartphone/Macbook Pro). Considering how unlikely this is, I would prefer to be able to have one for each, if possible, within my price range (and have at least the home-use pair to be significantly better than the HD595).


Things I've considered so far/am looking at:

Sennheiser HD-600




V-Moda M80


Beyerdynamic DT 880

HiFiMan HE-400



Things I've stopped looking at for my own sanity:

T1 (Deals Thread almost got me to jump on one at $940... but it would've meant instant noodles for the next 2-3 months tongue_smile.gif)

LCD-2 (Was hoping the 25% off coupon would drop these to $750...)

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Bump! smily_headphones1.gif

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