Absolute beginner here. Been using the Sennheiser PX 100-II for a long time, connected directly to my computer. This setup has done its job well, especially for $50 headphones. But it's time to move on to something grander. I'm no audiophile (yet), but I know good sound when I hear it. That's why I feel a good quality headphone paired with a good amp + dac will do wonders for me.
I'd like a neutral, balanced sound, a wide sound stage, and high detail and clarity. I listen to a lot of metal, specifically death, black, doom and thrash. I also enjoy rock of most varieties, with classic being my most favored (Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Black Sabbath, etc). 90s rock finds its way in there sometimes too. I also venture into classical and jazz on occasion. Most of what I listen to is high quality - CD and FLAC mostly. Spotify streamed at 320kps sometimes.
With all that said, what are my best options? I've been reading a lot of good things about the Sennheiser HD600 for good balance. I also am leaning toward the Schiit Modi + Magni combo, as they seem to be about the best value, and Schiit seems to be an exceptional company. But you guys tell me, what are my other options? I'd like to keep it at or below $600.
Oh, and I also enjoy vinyl, which reminds me of another question. Obviously the DAC isn't involved here, but say I go for the Magni, would I be better suited connecting my turntable to the Magni, or sticking with my current HT receiver, the Yamaha HTR-5540?