I'm looking for a serious upgrade from my Sennheiser HD-25 but am totally lost in all the options.
The set that I'm using is:
Sansa Fuze V2 (RockBox FW w/ lineout patch) player
Line out cable upgraded with Nichicon Bi-polar caps
Ibasso D-Zero amplifier
Sennheiser HD-25 headphone & Yuin PK1 earbuds
Things that I like in the HD-25 are the detailed sound (compared to cheaper headphones) and the solid bass and the isolation, both for myself as for my surroundings.
Things I would like to improve upon:
Comfort - I have the velour pads on my HD-25 but after an hour or so my ears start to hurt - so I'm looking for an 'around-ear' or more comfortable 'over-ear'
Soundstage - I've read that soundstage is always limited on a closed-back headphone compared to open-back but this is my key item for improvement.
I play mostly FLAC, 16b/44K, or downsampled higher resolution stuff. Music various from classical to pop and rock (Pink Floyd), but strings (guitar and violin) are the common theme in most genres. Jazz, a-capella vocals and wind instruments hardly get any playtime.
Budget is around $500/EUR 500