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...I'd probably recommend the T-1. They'll soundstage as well or better than anything else on your list and they'll do all genres of music almost equally well. For your needs, I'd look for the original version of the T-1 as the second and latest version is slightly less of a rocker's headphone and more of a classical-lover's headphone, tonally speaking.
Grado RS-1s really rock, but they are not the most expansive of soundstagers. Also, they are the only pair of supra-aural (on top of the ear) headphones on your list - so unless you definitely prefer that style, you'd best stay away.
The Sennheisers and the AKGs are both very decent soundstagers but both of them seem like classical/jazz specialty headphones, at least to to my ears. Not the best cans for rockers, IMO.
The Hifimans would probably be my second choice for your needs, after the T-1s. Good overall performers. On the downside, planar headphones are significantly heavier and possibly less comfortable than some of the other cans on your list.
"Grado RS-1s really rock, but they are not the most expansive of soundstagers. Also, they are the only pair of supra-aural (over-the ear) headphones on your list - so unless you definitely prefer that style, you'd best stay away."
This statement is confusing to me.
I believe the RS-1 fits on the ear, not over the ear. The two Grado models that fit over the ear are the GS-1000e and the PS-1000e.
"If people don't want to come, nothing will stop them" - Sol Hurok
Typo, fixed it!
When I said "over the ear" I was thinking of "on ear" or "on top of the ear"...
So, thanks for spotting my mistake.
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