I've just recently gotten into the audiophile/headphone hobby (under a year), and I would love to get a recommendation from an experienced audiophile for a upgrade from my current headphones (Beyer Dt770/80). After listening to the dt770s for a few weeks now, I feel that:
-The bass is a little boomy sometimes, but I do want more bass quantity (more controlled bass)
-Some vibration would also be nice, as well as some better bass extension
-I enjoy the slightly v-shaped curve (the slightly recessed mids)
-The highs are not too sibilant or sparkly for me; they sound just right
-The soundstage does seem a little "closed"
Btw, my setup is Macbook > Fiio E70K Andes > DT770s. As I'm just getting into this hobby, I was hesitant on spending a lot more on an AMP (and I still am, so preferably any upgrade is easily drivable as well).
As for open/closed, I don't mind have a make/break preference, but would like to have a nice v-shaped EQ, which I've heard is difficult to find in open headphones. On the other hand, I also enjoy a large soundstage, which closed headphones often struggle with (however, I've heard there are exceptions to this (ATH-W5000?)). Headphones do not have to be portable/wireless/bluetooth.
I normally listen to electronic music, some hip-hop, but also a lot of OSTs (original soundtracks from movies and films). Interestingly, I don't find that the V-shaped curve of the Dt770s screws up the sound of the OSTs - they just seem to have a closed soundstage when played through the DT770s. A prime example of what I normally listen to is "Elysium" by Jo Blankenburg - a quick google search should do the trick!
Budget is ~300-500, but can go higher if quality is there.
TLDR: Current Dt770s a little lacking in bass tightness and sub-bass and too closed soundstage, looking for a ~300-500 easily drivable upgrade with a v-shaped curve that is open or closed. For listening with electronic music and original soundtracks from movies mostly.
Thanks so much for your help!
Edited by ValkyrieXx - 2/17/14 at 8:53am