I'm in the market for a pair of open (preferably), full-size headphones in the $1000-1500 region.
I've been happy with my pair of Sennheiser HD555s and my trusty Woo Audio WA7 amp for about eight months. Originally I was set on a pair of HD800s, but the more research I've done, the more I've started to think they would be too bright and clinical for the kind of sound signature I want. (I've demo'd a pair with my amp & was impressed but I didn't get enough time with them.)
I mostly listen to pop music and some of my most-listened-to artists are Vampire Weekend, M83, John Mayer, Sufjan Stevens, Kanye West, that sort of thing. I listen to lossless audio through my Macbook via USB to my WA7 amp.
I prefer a more forward, musical sound and I could care less about "monitoring" or hearing the sound as it was recorded. Most of my favourite music is quite over-produced anyway. I am looking for a set of mid- to hi-fi headphones with good resolution and imaging, with a big soundstage and separation between mids and bass. I fear the HD800s would be too bright and fatiguing, and not as "fun", even when paired with the WA7.
Any recommendations (other than "just get the HD800s")? I am tempted by the LCD-2s for my purposes.