Rawns, thanks for the thanks although I was being a bit ... err ... glib. They are what I ended up with when I recently wanted to replace a pair of old Sennheiser HD265's (reasonably quality closed back). These are for listening to music at my desk at work - not for moving around in! I coupled them with a little Nuforce Icon amp which can drive a small pair of high efficiency speakers for when no one else is around (I tend to start very early or sometimes finish very late and like a bit of music). Anyhow ... the AKG's I would recommend - they are almost utterly transparent and give an astonishing sense of the soundstage. The Icon I wouldn't recommend, although it does a reasonable job, there is better available and I wish I'd gone and built myself an [ulr=http://nwavguy.blogspot.com/2011/08/o2-summary.html]O2[/url] as a dedicated headphone amp instead (I will ... sometime soonish). Wireless cans I would avoid - put all your money into getting a decent sound in the first place.
Currently got a pair of CX300 IIs. I ran my original CX300s into the ground over a couple of years. Love em.
They are very 'music-y' though, lots of bass, lots of treble, and a noticeable dip in between.
Of course, if you want to take that concept to the extreme, these are amazing. Warm, round and so much bass.
Higher up, Denon do some good in-ear ones. These have some of the most comfortable buds I've ever used and have a nice balanced hifi sound, probably better for spoken word than the other two.
Over head, don't buy anything that isn't these. Indestructible, perfect sound, and spares parts available. Had a pair for 7 years and never had to replace anything. Then someone stole them
EDIT: re: Beats by Dr. Dre. They're good, but not 3 figures good.
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