I need to get a pair of headphones. After much research on this site and others, I almost feel even more confused (perhaps not surprising because sound is so subjective), but I'm going to post asking for your opinions anyways. These headphones are going to be used for music listening only (and music DVDs via laptop). I will but a amp if needed (Fiio e17). I'm not mixing music, adjusting anything in the music, etc. Will be listening to apple lossless rips and music dvds. I will be listening mostly classic rock. Also some modern rock, punk rock, alternative.
I look for 1) soundstage and imaging and 2) bass (not overpowering) and clarity above all else. I'm not an audiophile although I'd like to be, I just want a "wow" listening experience. With that said I don't want to get something that is more of an in-studio monitoring headphones that will make my music sound poor. Also, I once owned some Denon 5000s and LOVED them. I have also had Grado SR80 and hated them, or more accurately thought they sounded no better than $10 Sonys (which is why I don't have any Grados on this list).
Here is what I'm looking at, feel free to add other options:
Sennheiser HD598, HD558, HD600
Denon Urban raver