I originally posted this here, but realized that since I'll almost certainly be using whatever new headphones I get on-the-go until I pull the trigger on some IEM's later (read: I'm not looking for IEMs just yet) I should post it here as well.
I'm saving up money for 'phones. The problem is...I don't know what I'm saving up for. I'd been set on the Ultrasone 780's, but now, I'm just not sure. I've added a lot more downtempo stuff to my library recently, and I'm not sure how good the 780's are with that kind of stuff.
What I know about them
-Uncomfortable for long periods (bad earpads, get hot during extended use)
...that's about it.
My musical library consists primarily of alternative rock (Relient K, Tokyo Police Club, Coldplay, things like that) with a few different electronic genres (primarily experimental/IDM but with drum & bass and a few dubstep songs which I listen to religiously thrown in there). As I said before, I've recently gotten into some more downtempo music as well as instrumental music. The new stuff ranges from nu jazz to acoustic, ambient to instrumental, and to say the least, I'm currently at a complete loss.
Sometimes I like to rock out to my music, while other times I prefer to relax and wind down. I'm listening to music constantly so I'd like something comfortable and relatively easy to carry around with me, whether I'm going out for a walk or just heading to another room in the house.
Whatever I end up getting will be run out of a Nationite S:flo 2, so I'm not looking for huge, juice-sucking cans. A pair of headphones with a detachable cable or a shorter stock cable with an extension (like the 780's have) would be optimal, although I suppose if need be I could get them re-cabled. However, I'd really rather not.
New headphones will need to be at least semi-closed, and I'd really prefer circum-aurals. Supra-aurals tend to get uncomfortable pretty quickly for me.
As you can probably tell, I'm not against carrying around full-sized headphones as long as they're not HUGE. The only thing that's different than the original post is that I'll be willing to go circumaural if the headphones sound good, and that I've added a lot more electronic music (IDM, Experimental, that kind of stuff) to my library.
Thanks in advance for the advice and for reading through my giant post.
Edited by leonzill - 6/25/10 at 10:24am