My Shure SCL4s have finally kicked the bucket after a botched repair (We were so close...then a misapplied needle-nose ended that progress irreparably.)
While I'm considering the out-of-warranty replacement to SE425s for $155, I'm thinking about full-size options as well. I like the form-factor and portability of IEMs, but if it were going to give me better sound/a bigger soundstage, I wouldn't mind switching to full-sized cans.
What could be considered an upgrade for a budget of $200 or less? Used, especially from Head-Fi, would be an option as well. (Trust me, the idea of getting Sennheiser HD 650s for ~$300 is certainly tempting me to go way out of my budget for this.)
I currently don't have any extra equipment at this time--I've generally been using the Shures with my laptop, Desktop (through a Creative X-Fi Fatal1ty Platinum), and phone without anything else. I may consider adding a portable amp/DAC (CMOY or E17, maybe?) over the holiday season if it's recommended.
My music tastes won't help much:
Ben Folds (Five)
Nine Inch Nails
Mumford and Sons
Other than that: I will be using these as my computer headphones, so any gaming on there would have to be taken into account (General consensus seems to be: Open > Closed for that).
Thanks in advance!
Edited by vegaobscura - 9/19/13 at 7:32pm