Been a faithful owner of the He-400's for about a month now.. I love every inch of them. I definitely plan to hold on to them for a while, but I'm wondering what else is out there? Let's say no more than $700. I have the Fiio E17 and the Aune T1 tube amp/dac.
Tastes: rap, electronic, indie (>> indie folk, indie pop, indie rock, indie rap, indie dance music, experimental indie, lo-fi indie, dream pop, shoegaze, post-rock...all kinds of indie really. If it ain't mainstream, send it my way), hardcore, metalcore, 60's, 70's, 80's... the list can go on and on.
Obviously these are a lot of genres and the first instinct would be to say "hmm.. you must want all-rounders" Not necessarily. My preference is for indie. Also, I like open phones but open vs. closed does not matter. Doesn't have to have too much bass, but I can't tolerate "bass shy" phones either. The amount of bass that the HE-400's give is adequate.
What's important to me, I find, is separation, separation, separation. and good soundstage. And while I say that, one of the phones I'm interested in hearing is the Grado RS-1i. "Fun" is a good adjective as well.
Audeze LCD-2 (providing I could score a used pair for less than $700)
Audio Technica AD-2000
I've never heard anything from the Shure, Beyerdynamic, AKG or Sennheiser line.. any input on ~700ish phones from them is also appreciated.