I really enjoy listening to music on a daily basis, and during the past year have become intrigued with 'good sounding' systems. I finally have some money, and am looking for a good set of cans to suit my needs:
- $150 budget
- I'm an entry-level audiophile; I don't need anything fancy, but something that can help me explore audio in a more enjoyable way
- All around music-listening use; computer (on-board sound card), libraries, sidewalks
- I often steam music (last.fm), and have a lot of MP3 (sub 300 kbps), but obtaining higher quality music slowly
- Mostly listen to rock (alternative, post-rock, experimental, grunge, ambient, shoegazing, drone), indie, and dream pop
- To give you better idea, I listen to A Perfect Circle, Mogwai, Jesu, Beck, Moby, Sublime, Led Zeppelin, Ravi Shankar and other similar artists
- Would like low-impedance 'phones so that I can run from a portable device. However, something that can take advantage of an amp (I am interested in building a C Moy)
- Not sure of form (IEM, earphones, or full size), hoping you can help
- Style is kind of important, something that won't shout "Nerd" when in public, nothing too bulky (only turn-off for M50's)
- Comfort: Something I can wear for about 3 hours at a time without irritation
What I've looked at so far, but need more options: Denon AH-D1001, ATH-M50, Sennheiser HD448, HD238, Grados/Alessandros
I really, really want a pair of Grados, but I'm afraid of the sound leakage since I'll be using these at libraries and noisy areas often. So, I'm thinking a closed back will be the best option.
I'm open to IEM, but I already have a cheap pair of Sony's (my girlfriend bought me them for my birthday last year, and buying another pair might be a slap in her face)
Long first post, sorry. But I'd really like to give you the best feel for what I'll be using the headphones for. Head-Fi has some really intelligent audiophiles, and I trust your opinions. Thank you for any suggestions!
Edited by Shadowness - 10/9/10 at 12:52am