I've long been a fan of cheap earbuds (Skullcandy ink'd, Monoprice 8320, Klipsch S4i II, and most recently Sennheiser CX 300 II's) but a friend recently convinced me to look at headphones. I picked up a pair of Shure SRH440's and SRH940 earcups. They were a lot different than I was used to at first (all the cheap earbuds these days seem to focus on bass and the in-ear sound is very different from that of headphones) but I've grown to like them quite a bit. Like so many people say, I'm hearing things I never noticed in songs before, the clarity is great, etc.
They did however also lack the in-my-head sound that earbuds have, and I'm not such a fan of it. However, a good set of open headphones (the complete opposite concept I guess?) I'm thinking might be even better: part of the reason I loved the earbud sound was that some of the more trippy music I listen to (e.g. Infected Mushroom) sounded really good because of the way the bass seemed to move around me. My thought is that open headphones might counter the lack of this feeling by providing a larger soundstage.
So... I'm looking for a good sound stage, more-than-lacking bass and very comfortable open headphones. That is to say, I don't necessarily want overpowering bass, but I'd rather have a little more bass than perfectly clear mids/highs. If I'm listening to music that sounds especially good with mids/highs, I can swap over to my SRH440's.
I am considering purchasing the Beyerdynamic DT-990-Pro-250's, but I'm a little bit nervous... I was hoping someone could tell me whether this would be a good fit for me, or whether they would suggest something else. Finally, I'm wondering whether these headphones would require an amp. That is to say, I know I will get better sound quality with a good DAC/amp combo, and I plan to get one eventually, but will it be necessary for me to purchase an amp if I get these headphones?
If it is, indeed necessary, what would be a good portable headphone amp? I'd like to use it at home on my desktop, on my laptop at work, and on my phone if I'm out and about, if at all possible.
Sorry for all the text, and thanks for any responses!
EDIT: I'm looking for something in the price range of $100 to $200. The AKG Q 701 and Sennheiser HD 598 were some other headphones I was looking at, in case anyone has information on those.
Edited by JohnMaguire - 2/12/14 at 7:37pm