I've been here for quite a bit and being the educated consumer I believe myself to be, I've been sitting here soaking up information on headphones, IEMs, DACs, and amps for the past couple of months. I've owned some lower end IEMs, got a pair of Denon AH-D1001S(supra-aural headphone), a pair of Klipsch Custom 3 (IEM), and some Logitech X-230 speakers + subwoofer. My music is mostly high quality mp3 with some of my favorites in FLAC mixed in there as well.
Since the holidays are coming up, I've been planning on starting a system with full-size headphones. Right now I'm playing everything off a crappy on-board sound card (do I even have a sound card? lol) or my Samsung P3, but I want to start with some headphones, then get a decent DAC and finally an amp if needed. However, I do not plan on getting them all at once. I'm still in high school and I predict that I will have finished the system by the end of the school year.
My budget is $250 for the headphones, no more. They will be played through my computer, not my P3 (unless they can be properly driven). I will probably get them for Christmas, but I wanted to post early to get a better idea early on. My experience with headphones have been sort of meh. I really, really like the sound signature and comfort of Denon's but I cannot bear to have them on for more than 30 minutes because they heat up my ears. I've heard that full-size headphones deal with the heat better.
With my Klipsch Custom 3, I found them to be too boring. I enjoyed the fantastic mids, but felt that there wasnt enough bass nor treble energy to keep me happy.
To sum up what I want:
1. Comfortable - This includes NOT heating up the ears
2. Strong bass - Yes I'm a basshead
3. Decent mids - As long as they're not too recessed. Would rather have them smooth than dry.
4. Slightly sparkly treble - I want to hear the high's but I definitely do not want any harshness or sibilance.
5. Open or closed - No preference
I've researched and found the following (with my comments):
fischer audio fa-002, fa-003, fa-002W (Not sure if these have enough bass for my likings)
ultrasone pro 750 (Kind of old, but they can be found for $200. Velor pads also interest me)
pioneer hdj-2000 (Not too sure about their SQ but they are super comfy)
denon d2000 (Liked the D1001's. These also have upgrade potential with the markL mod)
Beyerdynamic dt 770/990, 250/600 ohm (Meh, I might have to spend a lot more on an amp to drive these)
Further down the road, I'll be getting a DAC that's less than $200 and an amp if needed but that's for a later time.
I'm just looking for any reccomendations, comments, links, or suggestions.