I'd like to upgrade a bit my listening experience and you're the only guys who can help me! I've already read different threads and searched in the forums but I haven't managed to figure out what's the best headphone for my musical tastes and budget.
My current setup:
Headphones: Klipsch Image One
Audio source: iPod Classic (6th gen) or MacBook Pro Retina 2012 with either FLAC files or 256Kbps AAC files from iTunes Store or iPad 3rd gen with 256Kbps AAC files from iTunes Store.
Now, the Klipsch Image One sound pretty OK on both my MacBook and my iPad, but I don't like them at all with my iPod. Also, turning on the built-in EQ on the iPod makes a lot of distortion in low frequencies.
I was either thinking of buying a FiiO E11 + L9 to use with my iDevices or just upgrade the headphones (I could also save a bit on headphones and buy both the FiiO and a new pair of headphones). What do you think it would make my listening experience better? To be fair I'm a bit disappointed by the sound of my Image One, and the build quality is simply not there (the cables are torn apart) . They sound OK, but maybe I was expecting a more "engaging" sound (sorry, I can't explain it better).
The music I listen to most is indie rock. To make some names, my most played artists are:
Two Door Cinema Club
I'm linking to a few songs too: (Click to show)
My budget is not very high: at around 200$ (∼170€), and also the equipment should be available on amazon.it otherwise it could be difficult for me to get it. Some popular options seem to be the Sennheiser HD598 or the ever mentioned Audio Technica Pro ATH-M50X. What do you think about it? Should I spend money on just some headphones? Should I first try the FiiO and see if I can be happy with my Klipsch and then if I'm not buy a slightly cheaper pair of headphones?
Thanks in advance :)