Hey guys, I've been around for years, mostly lurking and listening. You've helped me greatly in the past so now I call on you again. I am ready to get into the world of the big boy cans, and can swing about 500 USD for my first set of serious cans... still torn on open or closed, though I do like the open sound best. I would love to be able to listen in bed without disturbing my wife (consider that a bonus, and not my highest priority). Sound quality is paramount. I want it all... or at least 95% of it. I know it would cost a lot more to get everything, but... clean, tight, impactful and deep bass; warm, lush mids; and a crystal clear and airy top end that is not fatiguing is what I am looking for.
Hifi-man HE-500 are on my short list (though they cost more than I should spend), which brings me to the HE-400... also, Senns HD-650s, and Momentums are on my radar... and to top off my short list, I've wanted a pair of Denon AHD-2000's for years. Any other suggestions are welcome as well, I've read a fair amount about what I have mentioned but have no personal ear time on any of the above. Ability to be driven fairly well without an amp would be a bonus as well.
Music I like is across the board: Jazz, Electronic, Trip-Hop, Hip-Hop, Funk, Rock, Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Grunge, Reggae, R&B, Lounge...
Any help is GREATLY appreciated. Cheers and thanks.
Edited by Funkmonkey - 8/1/13 at 8:42pm