Right now I own the hd280s, I have for years and absolutely love them. But about a year ago I decided upgrade time, and got some BeyerDynamic DT880s. Back when I got these I was unaware of how neutral and flat studio hp are(now I think duhh). For my music style(Mostly Metal/Rap/dubstep, and then a little of everything else) I find the 280s way more enjoyable for music considering the stronger bass and more aggressive colored sound in general.
-I am basically looking for closed or mid closed/open for 90% Metal/Rap/Dubstep, 10% random genres.
-400 dollar budget (would love to see options beyond this though)
-Willing and excited to get a hp amp if needed so that opens more options
-Im looking for much less neutral than the 880s
-Noice cancelling isn't a worry since it will be home use although closed goes hand in hand, and I feel i'll end up with closed.
-Portability is not a worry, nor is durability I take extreme care and don't take out of the house
-Although my taste is mostly metal/bass heavy (and even mixed together :P) I greatly appreciate a good acoustic track, so a decent stage is half way necessary but not crucial whatsoever.
-I am afraid of getting an open or mid open phone because im afraid of the airy neutral sound. If you know of open or mid open hp that will still rattle my head, let me know.
-V-shape sound is OK, but not too much.
I want to say WOW compared to my 280s, not a sad face that the DT880s gave me (Although on certain tracks the DT880's did wow me where the 280s couldnt, mostly on soundstage). Overall it was a big big disappointment, even with a steal of a deal at 220 for the 880s.
At one point I had a few options, like the grado 325i, but cannot recall if they are fully circum-aural.
The Denon D2000 looked like a very nice pair of hp, but I believe those are the hard to find ones correct me if I'm wrong.
Thanks a lot for the read, any opinions would be great.
P.S Please don't recommend the ATH-M50s I have seen WAY too many tossups between those and my current ones to think I will be satisfied whatsoever.