Regarding what headphones you should consider, I have three different opinions based on reading your introductory post, and you'll have to decide which one you like (and I really have no emotional investment in any of them over another - get what you want, because as the saying goes, if you don't love it in the store, you won't wear it on the street). (...)
First things first, thank you for the amazing reply/reviews =)
Regarding Grados: For what I read lately they seem to have the biggest love/hate sound of all times on Head-Fi. That alone would made me never order one without previously listen to it, which unfortunately I can't do around here. I also see many people complaining about them not being comfortable at all, and although it's obviously a personal taste I don't see the same problem with the other brands that often. Besides I've just noticed the SR225i are on-the-ear phones, and I'd have to mod them if I wanted around-the-ear, which - as I stated - I'd prefer not to do. Of course I'd be tempted to buy them despite all if they were astonishing better cans them the other ones, but that doesn't seem the case. For what I get, at this (and higher) price point most cans are good enough, just different flavors of good. Thus, I prefer not to take the risk. My point is I'm by no means saying they are bad phones or that they aren't worth buying; they just don't seem to fit well in my case.
Sennheiser: It's indeed a shame those prices were increased so much recently (can't believe people used to buy them for $250!). What makes me consider them despite being much more expensive than other "mid-fi flagships" is indeed their signature, which I'm really curious to listen to now. I wouldn't even think about them if they were like an improved [put any cans here] for twice the price. But the thing is that (according to most people here) there seems to be no simillar sounding cans at a lower price point. As you said "you won't get their sound anywhere else", so that's why I'm considering them.
AKG: Wow, I wasn't expecting this recommendation. Before I wrote my post I read lots of threads/reviews, and so I had some idea about what people would suggest me. I obviously thought about the Senns. I knew there would be some HE-400, I was also expecting some DT880 comments (to my surprise no one mentioned them yet though). Even X1 or some Sony. But not the K701. I'll explain: the only experience I've had with AKG was a couple years ago when I was searching for a digital piano to buy, and one store gave me the K240 (if I'm not mistaken) to play them. I recall they were good, although it wouldn't be fair to make a conclusion since I was obviously paying much more attention to the pianos at the time. And since I always though AKGs as studio-grade, professional cans I got really interested in them... until I read this article. For some odd reason now I just can't think about the K701 the same way I did, which isn't good since if I happen to listen to them someday I know I'll be trying to find those flaws! And I hate this! I really try to stay as away as possible from being biased from others opinions, trying my best to read everything with a grain of salt. But we're human after all and everything we read/hear (even this reply to you) end up affecting us someway. And that review hit me in an odd way. That being said, if you really think they're not as stated and will suit my tastes, then I'm willing to order one to hear them myself (by the way, would you recommend ordering the K702 or the Q701?)
Finally, I'll try to audition the AE2 this weekend, should be easy to find one.
I'm really interested in anything else you could tell about both the K701 and the Senns (for what I get you have/heard the HD600, right?). Specially (or "Especially", I'm not sure) about bad records, forgiveness and such. Thanks again!
Edited by jcdamascenojr - 3/4/13 at 3:10pm