My first pair of decent headphones were Grado SR60i's. I like them quite a bit but the brightness has started to irritate me over time. It's come to the point to where I cant wear them for more than about an hour. So anyway I'm looking to get myself some new cans as a Christmas present and I'm trying to stay below $250. A few headphones I'm considering are Senn HD-598's, Beyer DT-770 Pro80, ATH-AD700, and on the higher end AKG Q701's and the ATH-AD900x's.
I've heard the Senns are pretty great overall, not too many complaints about them. I read a lot of comments referring to the "Senn House Sound", and I'm not entirely sure what that means since I've not owned a pair of their headphones before. Also not too sure about the look.
The DT770 Pro80's can have somewhat of a piercing quality until break in, and the base can be a little "one-noted". That being said I've heard it's a bassier headphone, and I suppose that's kind of what I'm looking for. I don't want something all bass, or something that has synthetic sounding bass, but I would like something that gives more consideration to the lower end.
The AD700's appear to be a little on the bright side, and maybe bass weak? That being said I included them in here for their comfort and the fact that they're almost universally recommended as a starter phone. Thoughts?
The Q701 and AD900x's both appear to be something I'd definitely enjoy, but I'm worried about amplifying issues with these, or I guess any of these headphones. I'm not looking to drop the cash for an amp just yet so can all of these be driven without amplification? If not, any recommendations for a decent starter amp?
Thanks for reading.