I've been lurking for a while and really enjoyed your forum and the reviews posted here.
Currently I do most of my listening on a DT990 250ohm, I have mainly two use cases:
1. High-end desktop -> Spotify -> Fiio-10 amp -> Headphones
2. Macbook air -> Headphones (no amp, mostly movies and some music)
About scenario 1:
When I'm on my desktop I'm usually working or idling on the computer and really get into the zone by listening to my music. I realise the amp would not be ideal for the headphones I listed, and I expect that I will need to upgrade the amp once I've decided on what phones I'll get. The environment is quiet, so noice isolation or sound leakage is not a concern.
About scenario 2:
In the second case I'm wondering if I can use high-end phones. I mean I'm not going to use an amp with my laptop. Its not the end of the worlld if I can't use my new phones with the laptop, I'm not going to sell my DT990 as I love them way too much, and I also have Audio Technicas ATH-ANC7 noice cancelling phones which I can use. I have to say I prefer the DT990''s un-amped to the ANC7's which essentially have an integrated amp due to the powered noice cancelling circuitry, the sound might not be as good as when I'm on my desktop but its good enough. Don't get me wrong though, I do like the ANC7 but given a quite listening environment the 990's will always be my first choice.
Note that I listen with low volumes, so I'm wondering if the T1 could actually be driven well enough un-amped so that I could still use it. I'd like hear if someone has experiences comparing an unamped 250ohm headphone to 600ohm headphones. My assumption is that the two other headphones would be hard to drive from the laptop, but I'm a noob at this so your expertise is of course appreciated :)
What I'm looking for in the new phones:
I suppose I'm a bit of an odd bird at these forums. I don't consider myself to be an audiophile. I'm not interested in what the sound technicians intended me to hear. I listen to crappy electronic music - there are no real instruments that would sound incorrect. There is no air between the strings. The music is fairly bass heavy, I do enjoy the bass of my 990's but I'm easy to please so I'm sure all of those headphones will have things I like. (I do admit I listen to classical music too, especially Bach's cello suites but its not really that important for me, I'm no expert on classical music so I'd expect any of those phones to have at least an adequate performance for that - I don't demand perfection)
About the models I'm considering:
I have to admit I haven't listened to any of those models. At first I was also having HD800 high on my list, but after reading again and again how analytical it is I kind of figured it might not be for me. As said I have no interest in listening to how the record was produced - I just want to enjoy the sounds.
There is a store nearby where I should be able to listen to the LCD-2 and maybe the HE-500. I guess this the LCD-2 would be a pre-favorite in the way I've heard it described. I understand these two phones might be a bit harder to drive, so I'm not sure if I can borrow them home given my cheap amp might not do them justice. I could of course try to borrow them both and an amp. This would probably be the best case so I could listen to them without hurry. I just recently added the HE-500 to my list, as it was unknown to me but I just read some really good reviews that especially said it was great value.
The 990's made me a Beyer fanboy, and I'd be ready to buy the T1 without listening to it in advance, it seems highly unlikely that I would be dissapointed. However I wonder if I might enjoy the LCD-2 or HE-500 more.
One more thing, I'm not in a hurry anywhere. On the contrary, my spouse has specifically forbidden me to buy new headphones at this time (why can't she understand that I need a fourth pair of >€100 headphones?). Most likely I'll look for a barely used pair for cheap, or try to find one at a sale. I'll worry about the amp once I've purchased new headphones. Since its very likely that I'll try to get the phones cheap its not even the end of the world if I decide my old system was good enough, as I'll probably get almost all of my money back and have the luxury of enjoying a high end product while I try it out.
I also have a practical question. If I go to the store to try out the headphones would it be best to bring my own CD with me? I haven't used CD's for years but I suppose I could go and buy something. Just thinking that its a high end store so they'll probably frown at me if I try to connect my phone to their systems to listen to Spotify (and most likely it would affect the sound). Or perhaps it would be best to bring my laptop and ask for a USB DAC since that would actually be similar to how I'd listen at home.
Sorry for being a noob :)