First of all, hello. I'm pretty sure I made an account here years ago when I first got my ath-ad700's, but it's either been deleted for inactivity or never existed, so this is my new account that does exist and will probably be more active.
Recently the right side driver on my ad700's started making a buzzing sound if I listen to anything with a lot of bass so I figure it's days are numbered. I've had them for about 6 years and never took proper care of them, so it is not surprising but still upsetting. I'm now looking for something to replace them.
I listen to most music that is not metal or country with punk/hardcore, jazz, hip hop and r&b being equal favorites. My listening is done almost exclusively through my pc with a fair amount of low quality streaming from lastFM, probably as much as half the time, with the rest being .flac I've ripped myself or bought directly from a bands website. I'm a bit concerned that nicer headphones would be too good for the poor quality streaming, but I haven't found a reasonable alternative with better sound quality.
I will also use the headphones for lots of pc gaming, mostly counter strike go.
I'm not sure of the correct words for the different attributes I like about the ad700's but the best things are how big the sound is as well as the separation between instruments. And, female vocals sound especially amazing. They are also the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn. I can listen for hours with no discomfort or ear fatigue. In the 6 or so years I've been using them I never once thought there wasn't enough bass.
The only other decent headphones I've had experience with are sennheiser hd 558's, 598's, and 650's which all sounded too muddy to me and some $600 denon headphones a college roommate had that I didn't like at all. Cheaper headphones are way too muddy, have too much bass and are too "in my head" to be enjoyable to me.
Budget is less than $300
I also want something nicer to plug the new headphones into. Currently I am using my motherboards onboard realtek alc 898 which really isn't bad, but it is not particularly good either. So, I want to get some sort of dac/amp/soundcard that will sound cleaner when listening to quality audio files, but not bring out too much of the terribleness in the low quality streaming music.
Budget for this is sort of dependent on which headphones I get and what would be a reasonable setup for those particular headphones.
Thanks to anyone that take the time to read this, and many more thanks to those that take the time to reply as well. I stopped to do other things several times in the middle of writing this, so hopefully it isn't too disjointed lol.