I've saved up about $600, and I am looking to explore new options in the audiophile world. I am in love with music, and hearing it as its meant to be heard means a lot to me!
I currently own Denon D2000s that I bought 2 years ago and I am head over heels in love with them. I mostly listen to vocal trance, indie/folk rock, reggae, jam bands (Bela Fleck, etc) and classic rock, but I pretty much listen to everything and anything there is.
Things I love about the Denons:
-The bass! It's tightened up wonderfully and since I prefer a bassy sound any way, it's just perfect to me
-The comfort. I have a large head, and the Denons are supremely comfortable.
-The overall sharpness and detailing. I know to a lot of you the Denons are good but not great in this area, but these are my first true audiophile level headphones, and they've blown me away from the start.
-The highs are just wonderful to me, piercing and detailed.
Even though I can tell the mids are a little recessed vs the bass and the treble, I still think they're smooth and present in a way that's quite enjoyable. Basically, I can't say I *don't* like a single aspect of these headphones, from sound to design, from feel to build quality, and everything in between! I just know that even though I'm very impressed with these, that I am just barely scratching the surface of the audiophile world and there is more out there that will just blow my mind even more!
The things I am looking for in the new cans:
-Sharpness, sharpness, sharpness! I would love to have the most detailed headphones with the most excellent instrument separation available for my price. Most of my music is 320kbs MP3 or FLAC/ALAC, so I'm not particularly worried about source quality being an issue here.
-Bass is still important, but since I have my Denons I will not need a "bass head" phone per say, but I'd definitely want the bass to be there. I find the bass on the Denons to be very pleasing.
-Open or closed makes no difference to me, but I think I might be interested in an open can to get the best soundstage possible.
Like I said, my budget is around $600, but if there's something that's worth saving up for that is a little bit out of my price range, I wouldn't mind saving up a little bit more. I also really appreciate build quality; if the headphones just exude quality, it really is a selling point for me. I do not have an amp currently, but I do have a Denon 3803 receiver that I use with my Martin Logan speakers that has some very high quality DACs. BurrBrown PCM1791s, if that matters.
I know you guys will have some awesome recommendations for me and I look forward to the discussion! Thanks to all in advance for your help.
All the best,