Originally Posted by parkl
I have never had really good headphones. The only headphones I've ever owned have been ten dollar IEMs and some crap skullcandys. I have about 300$ to spend, and I'm looking to get the best sound quality for my money. I know that depends on a lot of factors, so I'll try to make advice a little easier.
I listen to mostly electronic music. Occasionally I listen to jazz, rock, or classical music. Portability is not a high priority, so open is an option. I also want a large soundstage. I'm most interested in circamaural, and binaural headphones.
I've sort of narrowed my choices down to Grado SR325is, AKG K702, and ATH A900X.
Thanks for input and advice
The largest soundstage among those is the AKG K702. You might want to look into the Annie or the K712, though - same headphone with improvements, mainly +3dB in bass.
JMHO, but the Grado 325's are a special brew. I love Grados, but those are somewhat extreme down the road of Grado sound and unless you've heard them, they might be a gamble. The K702 has just as much detail (maybe more analytical than Grados), but with perhaps the largest soundstage in existence for headphones. The only complaint is that they are somewhat hard to drive and sometimes lack in the bass. Perhaps the Annie/K712 has addressed some of that - certainly, AKG claims the bass has been addressed.
I haven't heard them, but unless I'm mistaken, the A900X's are closed. There's not much soundstage available in a closed headphone. There are many good reasons for going with a closed headphone, but soundstage is not usually one of them.
Edited by tomb - 9/24/13 at 6:58pm