Upgrading from Bose QC15

Updates:
As this thread received some good recommendations I decided to list them below (ordered from low to high price):
Headphones:
Amps:

Short version:
Budget - $295 (€250) to $470 (€400) (limited flexibility)Source - iPhone, PC & laptopRequirements for Isolation - some, I'll be using them 80% at homeWill you be using these Headphones in Public? Sometimes (airplane)Preferred Type of Headphone - Full sizePreferred tonal balance - Basshead/smooth midrange/overall balanced (yeah, I know)Past headphones - Bose QC15, had no complainsPreferred Music - EDM/popWhat would you like to improve on from your set-up - Improved sound quality overallLocation - Belgium
Long version:
Hello,

I joined this forum because I wanted to get some recommendations about headphones. Before we begin let me explain my current setup.

Since 2013 I’ve been using the Bose QC15 headphones. Personally I think they sound really good but … that’s because I haven’t listened to any other headphones apart from those. I’ve read some articles where they explain why they aren’t actually that good sound wise (though the noise cancellation is very good). Basically they don’t sound great at all according to the reviewers.

Now, after four years of use they’re starting to show some wear and tear, especially the ear cups. They do offer replacements parts but instead of repairing I might consider buying a new pair of headphones.

Naturally I would look at the QC35 (since I’m used to Bose products) but I wanted to know what else is out there. I recently saw the Massdrop offer for the Sennheiser HD 6XX headphones and learned that they’re based off the HD 650 headphones. Apparently they’re seen as one of the best headphones at that price point. But I’m sure there are alternatives and that’s where I need you guys.

First of all, you should see the sound quality of the QC15 headphones as a baseline (though it isn’t that great). I really like to listen to my music using a good quality headphone. I do have a preference for bass heavy headphones but it should not overrule the mids and highs.

Secondly, since the HD 650 has an open back design it isn’t the best choice for me because I’m not always using my headphones strictly at home. So I think I should be looking at closed back designs then. Although I’m still open to suggestions for open back headphones.

Lastly, if there is a headphone that combines noise cancellation with good audio quality, let me know :) NC is still something I should need so that’s why I keep looking at that kind of headphones.

Extra information: I will be using these headphones with my iPhone and desktop pc. What I mean by that is that I’m not using any amplifiers or sound cards. I know that I should be using those to get an even better sound quality but I’m not looking to have that level of quality.

Music styles: EDM, pop.

Summary (ordered from very important to less important):
1. warm sound color (is that a thing?)
2. comfortable to wear (after two hours it should still feel comfortable, the QC15 are extremely comfortable)
3. noise cancellation (as explained above, closed back is preferred but I’m open to anything)
4. interchangeable batteries (not a build-in one)
5. cabled connection (or both, the wireless QC35 includes a cable as well)

Price range: from $295 (€250) to $470 (€400). I know that’s quite the difference but I’m sure there are headphones who are nicely balanced between them whilst still offering good sound quality.

Please note: these are only guidelines. A headphone shouldn’t necessarily have all of the features listed above (I doubt if one even exists).

I hope that I have provide enough information for you to decide which headphone(s) you would recommend. If you need any additional info, please let me know and I’ll be happy to add it.

Kind regards,
Tomas

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