For now, will be using my LG V30 for DAC as I need portability. Willing to spend more, if needed, but feel my comfort level is around $300 for a pair of headphones. In the past, have used IEM's, partially because of looks (well hidden) but mostly because of sound deadening (SE215's currently, with Comply tips). Have not upgraded as I take my 215's and not worried if something happens to them.
Using Spotify strictly out of convenience, as I do not have equipment that would truly benefit from the extra monies spent. I did venture to Tidal some time last year but could not find some of the artists I was listening to at the time.
Examples: Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Bjork, Phil Collins, Arman van Buuren/Dash Berlin, Metallica (older stuff), Disturbed, Lea Michele, Katy Perry (don't laugh), Queen, Above and Beyond, etc.
Too new to tell you the balance I prefer, or tightness of the soundstage, but in layman's terms: I enjoy vocals, not a TON of bass, though i appreciate it, and do not want something overly bright. Would prefer closed back just because I will possibly be listening to this in public areas, at times (Starbucks, for instance).
Currently using Spotify and the 215's haven't sounded HORRIBLE horrible enough to justify spending extra money. Before moving back to Florida, I had B&W 6 series...no room, so sold on location. Have an appreciation for quality sound...pocket book just does not always agree with the decision to open up!
So, DAC, for now - V30. Need new headphones, figuring around $300. If am amp is needed, let me know as well, but need this to be portable, as in my pants/shorts pockets.
Thanks in advance!!!