Originally Posted by autumnowl23
Sound sig: I am as newbie as they come, so I honestly can't say. Music tastes: I generally listen to indie nonsense, your entry-level pop, rock, and electronic music that you'd find on terrible websites like Pitchfork. Apart from that, I've tried to branch out and I like samplings from a whole ton of genres, but I'm not trance and jungle-obsessed or anything like that.
In regards to closed/open, again, I don't really have a preference. I suppose they'd be mostly for home use, and that I'd use IEMs on the road (which I don't actually own a legitimate pair of either), so what could be gained from that information? Open?
I just realized I've been horribly misleading. I'd be using headphones for my desktop, and I'd be using IEMs for my phone, which I still have yet to buy, and that I guess I'd be looking for advice on too.
I would go for an open pair of headphones if you are planning on staying at home & aren't looking for really bass-heavy sound sig. the sound quality of open is generally better for the price, and you get greater soundstage not achievable on closed. the plus of closed is noise isolation & can get more bass from the reverberation & portables are always closed. Doesn't seem like those 3 criteria matter to you, so open would be great.
A highly rated open set is the AKG K701 at $275ish. This are top of the class performers. May sound bass-light when you first here it, but they are amazingly neutral headphones w/ a lot of detail & clarity. Giant sound stage.
For closed, you can go for the portable Momentums Over-Ears at $300 on sale from razerdogaudio (very solid audiophile sound w/ a slight bass boost that consumers love) VS. the non-portable closed AKG K550 for $220 (to save some money & have neutral audiophile-grade sound & get bigger soundstage & oh-so-sweet treble - note they don't have a lot of bass quantity which some people don't get used to) or portable closed AKG K545 at $200 from razerdogaudio (think bassier version).
If you have the $200-300 budget, you can get a lot of the top in the class headphones that are out of reach at a sub-$200 budget.
EDIT: lol... math fail. I see that you're max budget is $200. In that case, I would try for the AKG K550 if you are okay w/ non-portable & have an extra $20. The AKG K545 at $200 from razerdog would be my top recommendation. Those are actually closed, but I am actually not sure of many sub-$200 open headphones.
Edited by money4me247 - 12/18/13 at 12:35am