1. AKG Q701. Perfection... Well, it is for me anyway. I listen to a lot of dubstep, but what surprised me at first was the bass. Sure, some might say it is lacking that heavy hitting bass, but oh my goodness, that's not what a nice pair of headphones is truly about. They produce an accurate, very detailed bass. So, there is quality, not quantity. Exactly how it should be. To me, these headphones are just "Game Over" in just about every way possible. I enjoy listening to music with these on every day. Or, at least the days when I have time. Highly recommend these.
2. Modded Monoprice 8323. It seems very weird having a pair of 25 dollar headphones ranked right next to the 10x priced AKG Q's, but bear with me here. These are no ordinary 25 dollar headphones. These, in my opinion, are the best 25 dollar headphones on the market today. If you do not have a pair, get one. Simple as that, and here is why. In their stock state, they have quite a bit of bass, but that can be fixed by ordering some nice Beyerdynamic Velour Pads. So, more comfort and more sound quality. (It's kind of funny, the pads cost as much as the headphones themselves.) There is also headband padding you can buy on amazon, and it does wonders. They are now about as comfortable as my Q's. So, pretty comfy. Not only that, compare the sound to just about any 100-200 dollar set, and be amazed.
3. Numark Red Wave. Portability, price, sound, comfort, looks and bass all packaged into a set of headphones. That's what these headphones are all about. If you like bassy music, these are a great start for an upgrade from your iThingys you got with your portable iSomething. Also, a nice step up from the XB500's, in my opinion. Yeah, the Red Waves don't have as much bass, but they make up for it in more sound quality. I often tell people to start here on their headphone journey, as well as the 8323's.
4. Sony XB500. Bass, bass and more bass. What more do you want to know? These headphones are like Beats on steroids, except for a fraction of the cost. Why pay 300 bucks for sound that you can get in the 50 buck XB500's? It makes near no sense to me. But, whatever, to each his own, I suppose. And, that's about all I have to say, other than I can't believe I just made a Beats reference in a Head-Fi post...
5. Sony V700DJ. This was my first pair of headphones that I purchased because I just wanted something... different. You know, almost everyone around me had the Skullcandy's and the iThingys, I was a "Rebel." The V700's are quite nostalgic, I guess you could say. They look like 1990's all the way. Just my style (90's kid.) They just come with a certain nostalgia... Anyway, Not the greatest sounding pair of headphones, especially around 125 bucks. Yes, I know, that's outrageous. But, anyway, They sure do grab attention, as if they were plated in gold. But, hey, I like them.
I'm really enjoying reading these posts and all of the stories that go with them. Let's keep them coming for a long, long time.