Ok, I need some advice. I never owned a good headphone before, I'm looking for a circumaural headphone that doesnt need a amp on the range of $200~$400. I'm only gonna use it at house so I guess a open-back is better since I dont care about sound leakage. I listen to a lot of kinds of music. I'm researching and HD 598 looks like a good pick, but are there better options?
It seems that many open phones really sound best when amped...do you have anything specific against closed-backs? The NAD HP50's definitely seem to be getting a fair amount of love recently, as do the AKG 551/545. I listen to my Beyer DT770 Pros straight out of my phone when doing stuff around the apartment and I think they sound fantastic for a wide range of genres. The Beyers can be found fairly cheap as well.