Source : Desktop with X-Fi Fatal1ty, Macbook Pro, iPhone/iPad
Preferred tonal balance : Unsure. Coming off of Shure SCL4s.
Preferred Music : Ben Folds Five, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Nine Inch Nails, Blink 182, Daft Punk, Mumford and Sons, Vince Guaraldi, Talking Heads, and Gorillaz.
It looks like the best options for my budget are the DT 880 Pro/Premium, the AKG Q701, or the Audio-Technica ATH-AD900x (all around or under $250, less if used).
I've heard that the DTs are better as the 600 ohm version, which would make an amp pretty important. I'm thinking about throwing an O2 (+ODAC, eventually) into the mix--or a DIY tube amp, if I could justify the extra cost. That would cover that need.
I think I would appreciate the larger sound stage of the Q701s/AD900xs, but I've been hearing that the DT 880s are the better phones overall. Thoughts?
Edited by vegaobscura - 9/25/13 at 9:40pm