I hope I'm posting this in the right place, I didn't see any mobile audio or headphone forums anywhere.
I'm looking to replace my headphones, Maxell NC-II with active noise cancelling which have developed a frayed wire near the noise cancelling battery box, and I am looking to upgrade to something a bit nicer. After a significant amount of research, I am strongly leaning towards the Sennheiser HD280 Pro. It is vaunted as an extremely accurate and flat headphone, which sounds perfect to me.
The headphones are used for a significant amount of critical listening in an environment with unfortunate background noise. They are also used for music creation, and for that reason I would like them to be as flat as possible, avoiding artificial boost of any frequency range. The flip side to this argument is that I love my music full of bass, I listen to a lot of electronica. I also particularly like clear and precise highs.
The sound of the HD280 Pro is often described as sterile and antiseptic, which means it might be perfect for flat response when creating music, but it might not be very lively when listening to relax or enjoy. I've also had V-MODA Crossfade LPs recommended to me, but they appear to be a bit bass heavy and more a stylish accessory than for accurate sound reproduction. Does anyone have any input?