Upgrades from Beyerdynamic DT235 in the $100-400 range
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Hi all,
 
I currently have a pair of DT235's and love the sound of them, but 1) They're not very comfortable for long periods of time, and 2) I'm wondering how good something in a higher price range will sound.
 
Basically, I'm looking for a similar sound, just better. I looked around a bit on the site, but it seems like there are mostly intra-class comparisons, rather than inter-class.
 
I'd like to spend $100-400 (including a DAC and/or amp, if needed). Sources will be a MacBook Pro and occasionally a Mac Mini (with Audyssey speakers). I'd prefer a closed (or mostly-closed) headphone, since I'll be listening at work a lot.
 
In terms of music, I listen to a lot of folk/country and indie, but also some rap and electronic.
 
Headphones I'm considering:
  1. PSB M4U 1
  2. Beyerdynamic DT880
  3. Sennheiser HD598
  4. AKG K550
  5. Audiotechnica M50
  6. Sony MDR-7506
  7. AKG K240
 
Thanks!
 
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HarmonAudio, owners of AKG, will sometimes sell refurb K550s with a factory warranty, on eBay.
My winning bid for the refurb K550s was $180.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/AKG-K550-Reference-Class-Hi-Fi-Headphones-Closed-Back-Design-/390677236519?pt=US_Headphones&hash=item5af62d8b27
http://www.ebay.com/itm/AKG-K550-Reference-Class-Hi-Fi-Headphones-Closed-Back-Design-/390675787656?pt=US_Headphones&hash=item5af6176f88
 
Would recommend you get a USB/DAC/amp.
Fiio E10 ($63-$75) USB-DAC-Amp, should work with both the Macbook Pro and Mac Mini.
 
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