Long time reader, first time poster...
I have been in love with my Shure e4's for years now. As I've gotten older, gotten married, had kids, and changed jobs, I find myself being MUCH less portable so it's time to start looking at a set of cans and I came to the place I knew had all the answers.
I used to be a high end home theater installer, so I tend to feel I have a better ear than the average listener, but I wouldn't quite go to audiophile status mostly due to lack of exposure. As far as headphones/IEM's are concerned I've always leaned more towards the in ear, so that's where most of my knowledge lies, which leads me to a few general questions before I get to asking for suggestions based on what I've been looking at.
Closed vs open? I always assumed that closed would have a much better sound reproduction, staging, etc than an open design would give... what am I missing?
Most of my current listening comes via iPhone or my desktop computer at work or my laptop at home. Would a DAC/AMP benefit me in cleaning up the source audio? I'm not currently using lossless mp3's however if I end up with a set of headphones that deem it necessary, then I can see myself going that route.
So after a little bit of testing and listening to models such as Klipsch ONE's, Bose QC15's, Beats (blah), all other best buy models, Sennheiser 219's, Sennheiser BT210's and a couple cheap Koss circumaurals, I am able to tell you more of what I don't like than what I do. The ONE's and the QC15's are definitely the best sounding, but both leave me wanting more... The others aren't even worth mentioning (other than I've certainly become impressed with Sennheiser even at such low price points...).
I find myself continuously going back and looking at the Sennheiser HD380's but I just can't seem to pull the trigger, hence the registering and coming on here to get some opinions. I'm open to anything (even beyond over the ear and beyond the $200 price range), I just don't know what's worth it considering I can't get my hands on headphones like this to physically try out. I see that the Sennheiser Momentum on ears are like $229, but how much am I losing on those compared to the $349 Momentums? Are the AKG701's worth the bump up to almost $300? At that point what else is out there? These are the circles I find myself going through, so please help a guy out! Lol
Thanks in advance for any suggestions