First post - longtime lurker. I'm looking for a nice set of headphones that I can wear for hours at a time, while working at my computer. I'd like to spend less than $300.
I mainly listen to electronic music, though not necessarily bass-heavy stuff all the time. I like a lot of stuff that could be called "ambient" or beatless. Some genres I enjoy are: IDM, dark ambient, modern classical, shoegaze, ethereal vocal. I currently use a set of Sony MDR-v700s that I can only stand for roughly one hour stretches, before my ears begin to hurt from the pressure caused by the cans. I usually use some middle-of-the-road Onkyo receiver I have to power them.
I've tried the following:
AKG K701 - I thought these were very comfortable, but I'm not sure I was crazy about the sound. I've heard these described as "clinical" reference cans before and I guess I would agree with that, based on my limited experience/knowledge.
Sennheiser HD 580 - These too were comfortable and I enjoyed the sound, though I don't know if I could describe it now, having listened to these quite a while back.
Not sure if I have a preference to open vs closed really. I suppose I'd lean toward open. Any suggestions are quite welcome.