I must have good ears or something. I'm not a headphone phreak in the least but was looking for something new as my PX100 no longer works because of the cheap cable/plug. I went to B&H, where they have a nice assortment of phones on display in a large range of prices. After going through the cheaper ones, I moved over to the row with more expensive phones and listened to a bunch, a lot of them in the top ten of this list. They all sounded pretty good as I had no experience with them. Then I tried on the Beyerdynamic 1350 without any knowledge of them and was hooked. THIS is what I wanted. Before buying anything though I wanted to check out reviews and comments on the forums and came here and other references on Google and found I'm not alone in this assessment. The 1350 are really head and shoulders above the others, and I'm not being influenced by reviews, hearsay, comments. So now that I've confirmed my own initial impression I have the problem of spending $200 more than I had planned. I guess we're not going out to dinner for a few weeks.
There was a guy there looking at the AT 50 and when I pointed the 1350 out he said they were uncomfortable. I didn't find them in the least uncomfortable, but I guess there's more than a few people that think that. I makes me realize that these forums do influence ones thinking. Better to have tried them without the influence. Also, B&H is a noisy store with their overhead basket system that sends everything to a central check-out. Putting these on completely shut it out, where none of the others did, but admittedly I didn't make an effort to position most of them properly. I only did a quick listen on my iPad to each as power was running out.
I ride the NYC subway daily and these feel like they'll completely kill the noise, not that the subway is as bad as you think. I'm also flying next week and I'll give it a try on the plane, assuming I buy them.
Oh, I may be a noob about headphones, but I've dabbled in DIY audio and have a pretty nice tweaked out all tube system so I'm not a noob to audio in general. I'm looking forward to plugging the 1350 in and hearing some vinyl.
Edited by zacster - 10/25/12 at 8:30pm