I need a recommendation.
I like the sound of my V-Moda M-80s, but I find them uncomfortable after about an hour and they leak too much. I want new headphones to use exclusively at my desk with a budget of $200. I don't care about portability.
Here are my other requirements:
- Sound similar to the M80s, or good for gaming, indie, and alt rock.
- Closed. They must isolate very well.
- Very comfortable for prolonged listening. I think that might limit me to circumaural, and I'm ok with that.
- I would prefer to not need an amp, just from an expense standpoint.
Consider the KRK KNS8400 Studio Headphones, AT M50 (bassy with "V" shaped EQ) or Shure SRH 840 (note: some have found these to be uncomfortablein extensive listening sessions).
Your options greatly expand if you amp them.