I'm pretty new to the site (mostly a lurker) and looking for some advice from the community. I've done a pretty good amount of research and just can't decide between all the options. I know some people will say you should hear them for yourself and see which sound best to yourself, I don't have intentions of buying headphone after headphone and dealing with returns.
So far my only cans right now are the Monoprice 8323 and ATH-M50s. I just got the M50s 1 week ago for $75. I figured for the price and great reviews I'd give them a shot, well they are kinda having me wanting more lol. I'd prefer something with better clarity and natural sounding without sacrificing the bass (improved is better). Nothing muddy or anything but definitely something that has a nice punch. I'm not too accustomed to terminology when it comes to describing the soundstage but hopefully it will make sense. Pretty much just want to see if theres anything better than the M50s that is cheaper, maybe even get 2 cans for different types of music (while sticking around the $75 mark, something like Grados + a cheap closed can) or spending more (< 200) that will suit my needs.
These cans will be for home use so leakage isn't too much of a big deal. As far as closed/open I've read you can't really compare the two, but open provides a better soundstage? I am open to any recommendations, I'd just like the best I can afford. I'd also consider swapping out the pleather pads to Beyer EDT 250 pads.
I will be powering the cans with either my Zune HD, Desktop PC (built in sound card on the mobo), or either my Macbook pro.
Here's what I've looked/considered:
Beyerdynamic DT 770 (250 ohms/32 ohms) - Not very educated on the ohms. Are they difficult to drive at all?
Sony MDRV6 (Same as MDR7506?)
SRH-440 - Maybe too neutral?
Superlux HD668B - If i went this route would like to pair it with something else
AKG K 240S/AKG K 240 MK II - Torn between these not sure what to believe
V-Moda Crossfade LP
Or just keep the M50s, and move on. Any input/recommendations are welcomed. Thanks guys!
As for genre, its hard. I'm honestly all over the place oldies, hip hop, r&b, rap, reggae, indie, punk/pop/rock, some country and jazz. Just not into EDM.