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Looking for a good pair of headphones to pair with my Hifi-Man EF2A amp

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Bought an EF2A amp and I'm loving it so far. I'm using it with my Denon D2000 headphones and it really makes a huge difference.

 

Now I'm looking for a good pair of open headphones to pair it with. I don't really want to spend more than $300, but I could go up to $400 if there really is a big performance gap. Also, I'd like something that'll be a true upgrade from the Denon's. I want them to be well balanced and have a very good soundstage (important for me), and I don't need something super bass heavy; I prefer a tight, punchy bass that stays in it's place. I want it to be there, but not overwhelming. I really like to be able to pick out and focus on the details in music. I mostly listen to folk and indie pop music, also a wide variety of punk rock and metal. And I'll be using them for games and movies. 

 

I'm considering:

Beyer dt990s, which are $145 on Amazon for the 240ohm model (seems like a great deal)

Hifi-man HE-400: on sale for $300 right now

Grado sr325is- $298 on Amazon

 

I'm open to other suggestions though. Also, there is a decent audio store near me that has a lot I can try out. They also have the EF2A, so I can try headphones with them, which is nice. Will probably go tomorrow to test a few out. This is what they have in stock. 

http://www.speakershop.com/electronics/headphones-and-headphone-amplifiers/headphones.html?limit=30

 

Thanks

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No one? Will probably just go with HE-400...

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Hi.  Sorry I don't have any input on the phones you listed, but I am curious as to which phones you actually selected.  I am currently using a pair of Audio Technica ATH-A700 and the volume is too loud so I have to use an in-line volume control (running from an iPod classic LOD so no volume control).  I was looking at the Beyerdynamic DT 880 600 Ohm as I figured this would limit the volume out.  Have also considered the HiFiMan HE-400. 

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