Since this is my first post I would like to say that I've been on the forums for a while, just never bothered to create an account because generally I could find all of my answers to anything involving audio here.
Also I would like to get into the hopefully wonderful world of higher end audio because I'm the classic story of going from Apple Earbuds to higher end ones.
Anyway, I have had the Klipsch Image x10s for quite some time now, but after listening to my friend's ATH-M50s, they don't cut it anymore, mostly because of the amazing sound stage available when using full-sized headphones versus IEMs. I am looking at some full-sized cans (preferably closed, but have read good things about open-backed headphones) and an amplifier (although apparently not 100% necessary) for around roughly $220. Including that, style is important to me. I.E. Beats are the best looking headphones without a doubt, but unbelievably overrated and lacking in clarity.
I have done quite a bit of research on this, but would like some opinions and recommendations as far as what to get, with no modding involved. After my research, these headphones best suited my needs:
Audio Technica ATH-M50
Beyer DT 770
Audio Technica A900X
As far as the Beyers go, 770 Pro or Premium? Premium looks far classier but I can't find it anywhere even though there are supposedly seldom audio differences. Just heard about the D2000 and would like some opinions on that. And the ATH-M50 apparently has "better" bass (more quantity but less texture) than the A900X. And I've heard issues with the wing design on the A900X and it falling too low on someone's head. Finally, the DT 770, which I had the pleasure of trying out today which I think has incredible clarity compared to my x10s. If I were to get those, 32/80/250ohms? I am open to more suggestions for headphones around this subject however.
The amplifier I have been checking out if I were to get some of the higher impedance Beyers would be the FiiO e10. Looks rather modern and sleek (love it) and supposedly can drive anything up to 300ohms. It goes on Amazon for $75 when I last checked, which seems to be a decent deal. Also looking for opinions as far as what to get for an amplifier. Portable would be nice I suppose, but I could use a desktop amp if necessary.
I listen to "fun" types of music, such as rap/pop and a headphone that compliments that would be great. That being said, I will be gaming and listen to classic/rock music as well.
Thanks for reading that mess, don't think I forgot anything. I'll reply often and thanks in advance guys.