So I was a music lover for several years but never an audiophile due to both time and financial reasons. The best headphone I've owned by now is my AKG Q460. However, now that I've saved some money, I'm considering taking a step forward and purchase a hi-fi headphone. I've done some research recently, and have narrowed down to the following headphones:
1. Sennheiser HD 600/650
2. AKG Q701/K702 (65th anniversary?)
Just FYI, my budget is no more than $500 on the headphone and $200 on the amp.
Basically these two categories of headphones are what I like most for now, but the more reviews I see, the more confused I got. So I would like to hear my fellow experts' opinion. I listen to New Age (mostly Yanni and piano solos) and Classical most of the time (about 60-40 on the two). I may be a noob in this, but I tend to pay more attention on the highs and mid-highs. I would only really care about the bass when I listen to pop occasionally. And the mids are somewhere in the middle.
So what do you guys think would be the best choice for me? (You don't need to limit your opinions on the ones I gave, any other recommendations are welcome, as long as the reasons are included) Also, besides the recommendations, could anyone also help me clarify the following questions?
1. What's the difference between HD600 and 650? From what I gathered from the forum, the 650 seems to be warmer than the 600 whereas the latter is more neutral.
2. What's the difference between Q701 and K702? And what are the improvements (if any) made from K702 to the anniversary version?
In the end, I would also get some recommendations on a nice portable amp. I know that good amps are over $1000, but I would like to have one that can at least get most of the headphone's potentials. In case you need to know, I'm using it on a mac in my dorms most of the time. I don't suppose these headphones are what you take on the way to class :P
<side note> I don't know why, but I never really like the look of the HD 600 and 650... I like, aesthetically, AKGs better, but that's just on the outside ^_^
Thanks again guys, u r the best :)