Ok, so I've been looking for new headphones for about a week now, and have narrowed it down pretty well to these headphones.
I currently own Senn HD280 Pros (I like them ok, but less bass than I like and sort of boring) and Westone UM3xs (Great phones, but are IEMs and also are a little bassless/flatter than I like. Much prefer the sound of these over the HD280s nonetheless, of course). I do not own an amp currently and want a phone than at least for the time being, will sound great without one.
I listen to Metal, Rock, and EDM/Dubstep primarily. Also need headphones that can articule softer genres like acoustic and post rock, however.
Hopefully that gives you an idea of what I'm looking for: All around high quality headphones, fairly detailed, decent soundstage, reasonably even mix (i.e. not super recessed mids or anything), and with solid, stimulating bass. Basically, decent quality headphones that are fun to listen to. Isolation and comfort are big plusses.
Here's my take on the 4:
HFI-580 ($189) - frankly, out of my price range. I'm a college student and will buy these only if I become convinced it's the only way to get what I'm looking for. The SS seems to suit what I want.
Pro 550 ($139) - supposed to be more expensive than the 580, but are listed as cheaper on amazon. I'm thinking this could be a really good option, though I am concerned about lack of bass based on what I've read.
HFI-680 ($119 - special amazon deal) - Could be the real steal here. I really like what I hear about the smoothness and overall quality of the sound but am also concerned about the bass.
M-Audio Q-40 ($139ish) - These seem to be great sounding headphones with more than enough bass, but I'm concerned about 2 things: 1) Stock cable supposedly is awful and hinders the SQ noticeably, so that's another 20 bucks i'm into these cans. 2) Build quality/reliability seem to be a common problem for them.
Thanks so much guys, I've been reading a ton about these phones and I think a direct comparison thread will help me make my choice! If there's another phone for about 100-125 bucks you think I'm missing that would be perfect for me, please throw out those suggestions as well. Be back soon, peace.