OK, this may be a futile exercise, but hopefully we can tidy this forum up and reduce the daily replication of threads that ask the same questions.
If you're new to Head-Fi and are seeking advice, hopefully this thread will assist you in making an informed decision.
Head-Fiers are generally happy to help and can draw on a wealth of experience to shed light on a question. All you need to do is give us some context, so please outline some parameters like budget, music preferences, open or closed design, amped or unamped etc. Help us, to help you!
If this thread serves its intended purpose (and I encourage all members to help in this by referring people here), it should inform future members who'll no doubt formulate the same questions. So ask away.
Oh, and welcome to Head-Fi. Sorry about your wallet.
This is the Headphones (full-size) area. Please direct more specific enquiries about iems, portable cans, dac/amp recommendations etc to the relevant subforum. Doing so will likely get your questions answered sooner by someone experienced with said gear.
Also, we can only get you started on this, you need to scratch below the surface to search out the more detailed reviews and discussions. If you spend a few minutes reading other threads you'll notice that certain (entry level) cans always get mentioned as "safe" options. There will of course be disagreement, but there is also value in consensus.
Remember, there may be some hyperbole when a headphone is said to be great for one genre but rubbish at another. The M50 for example, won't suddenly sound like an ibud when you listen to rock music, just because there are other headphones that may do rock "better". No headphone is great at everything. The models recommended here are likely great for some things, but merely good at others. "Good" in this instance is far from rubbish.
At the end of the day though, only you can determine what's right for you. Getting tied down in endless discussions won't change this reality.
Lastly, please read the last few pages before posting. Searching the site at large can yield strange results but try searching THIS THREAD with relevant terms like genre and price. It's likely an answer posted to a similar question may set you on the right path.
Some useful links:
2012 Head-Fi Summer Buying Guide - Start here (download the pdf)!
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Edited by olor1n - 11/1/12 at 2:07am