Got this year's tax return check back, and as a college student with nothing to do, what better use than a new pair of headphones?
Right now, I have a pair of Shure 940s - they're great, if not a little too thin and treble-positive. Before them I had a pair of M50s, which were also amazing. I bought these 940s a year ago, and they're already starting to crack around the hinges... damn you, Shure, and your cheap plastic. Regardless, it seems like an excellent time to pick up something new.
I'm going to have around $500 to put into this - the problem is I've heard it repeated over and over again that "everything under $XXX sounds the same, you need more money", and that number is generally around $4-500. While I don't think this is true at all, would I be happy with putting so much money into the 1540s as a replacement for the 940s, or should I just save myself a couple hundred dollars and buy a pair of Beyer closed cans? I want something that's going to last for longer than one year without literally starting to break apart. It seems like I'd love the sound signature of them; I dont care if your $2000 reference headphones are more neutral, I want something fun to listen to, and I think Jude himself did a great review on them. I'll also be picking up a Schiit Magni+Modi combo in the near future as well, for what it's worth.
Any opinions? What do you think I should do?