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Alright well since recently obtaining these HD600s (upgrade over HD555s) I have been on the audiophile kick. Generally i've never cared too much about having a portable setup. However I now have an E7 and a 5.5g 240gb ipod on the way that I will be rockboxing. I do have HD280s long since forgotten that I tried against the HD600s and just couldn't stand. I'm likely what you'd call a Sennheiser fanboy now. I had Shure E500PTH which sounded okay but I couldn't stand as IEMS hurt my damn ears. I need the big cans!
My budget right now sits around 2-300 as I feel that's the right price point for headphones without sacrificing too much.
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Have you tried the 595s? They have a fairly large soundstage, the sound is a little more synthetic (not natural sounding, everything sounds like it passes through a filter, it's enjoyable though) I have had my pair for about 3.5 years no and they have been with me to all sorts of places, even the UK; still in good condition. Sennheiser makes a lot of amazing headphones, each model has distinctive pros and cons.

And I just remembered that you said CLOSED headphones. I'm sure you can find something, look up some reviews on AKG, you no doubt could fit the bill with a set of cans from them.
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Have you seen Simca's guide? Look under "compromising gamer", it's a really good list.

From there it depends on what kind of sound you're looking for.
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I recently got a pair of AKG 271MKII for $100 on Head Fi. I plan to use them with a Line6 POD HD desktop modelling system for guitar. I have been using them with my headphone amp for a few days since the Line6 is not available yet. My amp is an Audio-GD NFB-12 and I also auditioned my roommate's Schiit Valhalla tube amp.

I must say, for $100 I am very happy with these. I would recommend trying to find a pair on Head Fi for $100-125. They have excellent transparency and the bass has the right amount of presence without being boomy which is right for my tastes. They are very focused and have an excellent soundstage. I was very happy with my purchase.

Adding the Schiit Valhalla tube amp to the mix made them sound even better. It was my first experience with the Valhalla, I never tried it with my Sennheiser HD595s. The Valhalla really made the bass come out in the AKG headphones. The separation and transparency was improved, and the bass adding to that made the headphones complete.

My favorite headphone is still the AKG K702, but at $100 I am happy I went with these 271MKIIs. They are a closed design, very comfortable, and light. They are not a portable headphone because the material is a bit weak, but that is hardly a bad thing. They come with a pair of faux leather pads (do not want) and some nice velour type pads. They also come with a shorter coiled cable and a longer straight cable, the cords are detachable with the usual AKG mini-XLR style connector. I have found the coiled cable to be very useful. Opposed to the Beyerdynamics DT880 pro where I thought the coiled cable was too short and hard to deal with.

At the end of the day, you have $300 to spend. But, if you got the AKG 271MKII for $100 from Head Fi and a used Valhalla tube amp for $200, you would have what I have so far found to be an awesome budget headphone setup!
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