A sad story..
Long long time ago I bought the Sennheiser HD540 Reference, a very good choice. Since the earpads were completely gone I ordered the HD595 when I saw them offered for 100euro, thinking to buy an improved HD540. Not so, disappointed by the sound, plus the design fault of an awful isolation of cable noise to the cans (when you move and the cable touches your clothes or something you hear it in the cans, very irritating). So I sold them again,and bought new earpads for the old 540 (they are rare). And then one channel died.
So here I am, looking for half a working HD540, or new headphones. I must say that I do not use them that much (I really enjoy my speakers), mostly for watching television including music programs (one reason is that the tv (plus consoles etc) is in a separate room, living room is reserved for audio). I know the headphone out is not good, I may get a (cheap) headphone amp at one point. Music s mostly classical, acoustic, jazz. Not a big movies fan (and the mastering of the sound of movies is often really bad I think - different subject).
Any suggestions on suitable headphones are welcome. Open/closed is not so important, I am used to open, although some more isolation from the outside world would not be bad. Budget I guess around 100 pound/euro, unless I cannot find anything decent for that price. Around that mark some options seem to be the Audio Technica ath-ad700, some Grado sr-60, sr-80. At the higher price I can get the white AKG 701s for 200euro, but perhaps there are also better Sennheisers. Any suggestions?