Last year when I was travelling a lot I decided to invest in a decent pair of headphones to make the commuting enjoyable. After lurking and reading reviews for a solid month, I picked up a pair of Ultrasone Signature Pros. Now I am travelling less and looking to set up a rig at home: AMP+DAC and a pair of open backs.
I live in Ottawa, CA, and unfortunately there are not any places demoing the headphones/amps I have been looking at. As such, everytime I think I decide on a setup, I second guess it and back down.
I am planning on spending 2000 or less to get an AMP, DAC, and headphones. I like to listen to a variety of music depending on the situation. I am not good at describing my preferred sound signature, however, I think I would describe it as warm (really want to stay away from bright headphones) but still has enough air to allow classical music to feel open. Another consideration I am trying to account for is the fact that I wear glasses - my ultrasones do start to hurt from the clamping force. I have been very interested in the LCD2.2s with a wa7, but im nervous that the clamping force would be too much.
Alternative rock (If this is how you would describe Coldplay-type music)
Classical (Love listening to cello music)
I plan on buying things used / waiting for a sale.
I would love to hear some thoughts! Thanks.