I am looking for my first pair of decent-quality headphones. For the past three or four years I was using Skullcandy Skullcrushers (yes yes, I know). They broke recently, and for now I am borrowing a pair of Sennheiser HD428s.
In any case, I have a budget of $200-300, but I'm also a sucker for a good deal. I prefer closed cans simply because I don't want to disturb anyone else with what I'm listening to, and right now listening privately at my computer isn't an option. A friend recommended the ATH-A900 as he is personally a big fan of them, and although they look a little weird I kind of like the design. Much like my friend I would be using these as kind of an all-purpose laptop headphone, so it would be for music as well as games, video, and anything else that comes up, and I would also be wearing them for long stretches at a time. However, I work retail and have recently discovered that my shop will be getting the ATH-A900x next month, which means I'll be able to get them for roughly half price and cheaper than the A900s go for.
The reason I'm asking here is that it seems like reaction to the A900x has been a little mixed here. I was wondering if you folks thought this would be a good starter set, or if it would actually be a better decision to go with the A900s...or something else entirely? Previously I was looking at the ATH-M50 (everyone seems to love them), ATH-ESW9 (I'm not sure I'd like the on-ear nature of these and I am worried they would be flimsy, but the portability would be nice), HD 280 pro (recommended by a musician friend who uses them to record), AKG-Q701 (don't think I want open cans, and I gather I would need an amp for these).
So yeah, I would very much appreciate any advice.
You'll also need amping for the A900x, if it is like the A900. Although a very efficient can, the A900 just lays there (accurate--but bland and boring) unless amped.
BTW--everyone does not love the M50 as a $150 can. The Shure SRH840 is a better buy unless you are a basshead.
Edited by KG Jag - 3/26/12 at 3:57pm