Hello Head-fi community,
I have been browsing these forums for about 3 weeks now. After purchasing my first pair of "high-quality" headphones known as the V-Moda Crossfade LP, I was greatly disappointed in the sound quality and comfort I paid $200 for which led to my immediate return of the headphones. After searching through the forums for nearly a month, I have narrowed my choices down to the ATH-M50, HFI-580, CAL (Creative Aurvana Live), and the DT770. However, I am open to any suggestions that may be offered from anyone in the community as I would say my audio expertise is lower of that than an ant.
The qualities I am looking for in a headphone:
- Sound isolation
- Portablility (not so much)
- $100 - 150 range
- Sound good without an amp (preferably)
- Closed (also a preference)
- One-sided cable
Headphone uses: I plan on using the headphones on daily walks with my dogs, studying in the library, gaming, and music. The music genres I primarily listen to would be indie and electronica. Good examples of daily artists I listen to would be Bon Iver, The Smiths, The Beatles, DJ Tiesto, and Pendulum. I have no equipment at the moment for headphones. I plan on using the headphones i purchase on a laptop, iPod Nano, and on occassions my g/f's iPad. I can buy an amp (around $50) if necessary but being very mobile, I would prefer not to and would like the best sounding ampless headphones.
Comfort is the most important quality I am looking for in headphones. The Bose QuietComfort 15 are the most comfortable headphones I have ever worn. However, I noticed Bose isn't exactly revered highly on this site and the price point isn't very appealing either. The QuietComfort 15 would be a good reference headphone in comfort though. I live in a very rural town and the only places within 50 miles that allows for headphone testing would be the Apple Store (I purchased my V-Moda Crossfades from there and immediately returned them ) and Best Buy (which only have Bose and Beats kiosks) so my options on testing headphones are very limited.
As of now, I am leaning more toward the ATH-M50's because of the communities opinion on them and their price point is very appealing. Let me also add I dislike IEM very much because most of them irritate my ear after extended usage. After reading many posts on here, I hope I developed a good post for the community to work off of.