I'm a college student and classical music lover in need of some peace and quiet. I'm looking to spend between $100 and $200 for a decent set of headphones. I have a few preferences:
- Noise Isolation
- Would rather not buy an amp just yet
- Looking for dorm-room durability (which is why Grados aren't on my starter list)
I've read threads here for about 8 hours today, and I've come up with the following list of things I think I'd like:
- AKG K 240 Studio $80
- Beyerdynamic DT 770 $179
- Sennheiser HD 25-1 II $150
- M-Audio Studiophile Q40 $119
I got my love of classical from my father's large music collection, which played through a decent, if nearly antique, old-school analog amp (not sure exactly what parts, but I will probably never like anything as much as that particular tone since I grew up on it). Since starting my search for headphones and listening to all the ones I can borrow, I've been very disappointed. I figured headphones ought to sound better than speakers, but I've been in for some reality education.
Let me say that I've currently got a pair of 2-week-old AKG K77s, which I like for the most part. They are OK for the price ($50), but the mids are just a little smeared in intense songs. The noise isolation is excellent; I cannot hear my roommates address me. I'm also concerned about the very light plastic construction. I don't know if I've burned them in long enough (probably under 100 hrs of music), but I'm pretty sure I should return them and go with something better.
I have one more problem: my HP desktop's integrated soundcard is garbage, so I've been using the (surprisingly) half-decent output of my HTC Magic phone to play FLAC's through the K77s. This means I would rather NOT get phones that require an amp right off the bat.
The return cutoff for the K77 is drawing near. Any opinions/suggestions?