Looking for modestly priced balanced headphones to pair with ALO's The Island balanced output. (http://www.aloaudio.com/the-island)
I know the Alpha Dogs have the option to become balanced, and as I look on the website, I see that you can buy "Mad Dog Pros" balanced--both out of my price range.
I've owned the HE-400's before. Do you only need to buy a balanced cable for them to become "balanced"? I'm thinking $300 for headphones + $100 for a cable to make them balanced is about as high as I'd want to go. I don't want to have to do any DIY/soldering to make any headphones balanced, just to buy them balanced or do a quick cable swap.
Open vs. closed, isolation, comfort... I'm not too picky on any of this. All I want is a fun sound with clarity, separation and soundstage, but I'll take all the options I can get at my price point and then make a decision that way. Genres.. we'll go with any popular genre from the 60's on to today.