I've been listening with MDR-V6's for about a year now and like them, but I've found myself becoming more sensitive to their bright top end and resulting fatigue. I'm looking to try a pair of open cans in the $150ish range.
I will be typically listening at my desk, where a laptop would be driving them. That being said I am likely in the market for a DAC/amp as well. I looked at the e18 for portability when listening with my Note 2, but I would compromise for higher quality audio at a better price and be limited to my desk.
Any recommendations for either? My typical listening includes bands like modest mouse, radiohead, belle and sebastain, dylan, cake, lcd soundsystem, passenger, RAC, arcade fire etc. Very across the board. Not a basshead but a low end is important.