Ive been on Head-fi for a while now and done a fair amount of research and reading. I am currently looking at purchasing a second pair of headphones around the intro audiophile price range. Ive looked up some of the classics recommendation and have contemplating the following with my current understanding of each... *please note that I have never sampled any of these and understand only by reading* AKG K701- Amazing open soundstage, very comfortable (except headband for some), extended highs and mids reproduced well. "quick" and "tight" bass but shy on impact. AKG Q701- Pretty much same sonic capabilities off K701 with slightly different sound signature and styling (i like the green accent on white) Denon AH D2000- Good soundstage (not as good as beyer or akg), slightly recessed mids and slight *sibilance* with stock cups. powerful sub bass and impact. Beyerdynamic DT880- Also a great soundstage, slight "V" tuning with extended highs and Grado 325i - "agressive" grado sound, punchy bass, overall good can. * cant remember too much* Allesandro MS2- all i know is that it has similar qualities as the Grado Line and a popular choice Ultrasone Pro 750 - extended highs, sometimes *overpowering* bass and somewhat "unnatural" soundstage by S-logic technology Regardless of critiques on what i said about my very "rookie" description i need help choosing a new can so now about me and what im looking for... MUSICAL PREFERENCES I like a bit of everything besides country and extremely hard Metal. Im looking for a relatively "flat" eq'd can but has accurate musical reproduction good open soundstage Extended Sub bass and impact over mid bass relatively flat Eq and versatile for multiple genres (i know not any one headphone will be "the best" but what can work with other genres) clear treble and mids Good instrumental seperation Aesthetics ( not soo much "swag" but artist. I really like woodies on denon, grados and the look of the AKG's) Forgiving enough for Oldies recording and 60’s Soul and Blues Sample tracks Gospel R&B- J.moss “abundantly” http://youtu.be/g4cDJioyzpA Funk – The Gap Band “Early in the Morning” http://youtu.be/7KKD2TCzN04 Drum and Bass- Swedish house Mafia “one” http://youtu.be/PkQ5rEJaTmk HipHop- Lecrae “walk with me” http://youtu.be/daaEivikcHo Soul- Junior Walker and The All Stars “Shotgun” http://youtu.be/FI7CtxlisCk Alternative –Foo Fighters “Best of You” http://youtu.be/h_L4Rixya64 Salsa/Timba – Calle Real “El Anillo” http://youtu.be/r2qUhDydb74 Metal- As I lay Dying “Confined” http://youtu.be/5SHFUSI0CBA Too numerous to list but I mostly listen to rock, R&B, HipHop, Gospel oldies and Soul plus whats listed. Equipment Ill be playing through an Ipod Classic 7th gen 160GB using a FiiO E7 and will eventually want to get the E17 Alpen. Thank you Those of you who read this entire thing to help, I love Headfi and the community. Thanks Guys!