Hi all, first post..
I've always used IEMs (the little earbud types that just hang straight down). I've always been satisfied with the sound, but am tired of them breaking (having one earphone cut in and out, mainly, what a pain the ass..). I'm looking to try my first set of over-ear headphones.
What I'm using them for:
- Listening to music (Top 10: Alice in Chains, Tool, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails)
- Playing games(mainly first person shooters, so spacial awareness is important [i.e. knowing where someone is approaching from]. I believe this is called soundstage but i don't know what I'm talking about)
- Watching movies - all sorts, big movie buff so this will take up a decent portion of my listening time.
Features I'm looking for:
- Build quality - the reason I'm moving to "cans" is because my other headphones keep #@$%ing breaking. Detachable wire is preferred so I can replace that if need-be. I would like these headphones to last me for life.
- Isolation - I prefer not to broadcast my music to the world. so they need to be closed. They don't need to be ultra-soundproof, just enough to not be obnoxious.
- Comfort - When I'm going on sitting on the computer for hours on end, I don't want a massive head-ache. I think I have an average sized head... not really sure..
- Soundstage - see above, I don't really care about this for music so much as for playing FPS's.
- Price - Maximum I'm willing to spend is 200, but they better be freaking awesome for that much. Would prefer in the 100-150 range.
- Portability - I would like to be able to walk around the house and listen to music from my phone (android).
- Looks - Kind of an afterthought, I wouldn't trade this for anything else, but it'd be nice if they didn't look ridiculous.
What I'm NOT looking for:
I'm not looking for crazy accurate, super flat, uber-analytical(?) studio monitors. Before today, I didn't know what a monitor was. After spending 6+ hours on this forum trying to pick out the right pair for myself, I've learned one thing: I don't know anything about anything. As long as these headphones are decent sound quality for a non-audiophile, I'll be happy. I'm not saying I'm cool with crap quality, but I'm probably alright with something that might offend a purist. As long as they make an enjoyable listen and don't break the bank, I'll buy em. What the hell is an amp, anyways?
- I'm buying my first cans
- I want a good casual listening set for metal/grunge/alternative/rock/classic rock and first-person-shooters.
- Build quality is important, isolation and comfort slightly less important, portability slightly less, and looks the least important
- Max price = $200. Preferred range ~$150.
To whichever experts come to my aid: thank you. After spending all day on these forums, I've realized the longer I read, the more "potentials" I add to the list, so I'm going to use you guys to narrow it down for me.
Just to give you guys an idea of what I've been looking at and the reason I haven't been able to settle on one:
Brainwavz HM5 - Buying guide recommends using an amp with these... don't even know what an amp is. Is this OK for a casual listener?
Shure SRH840 - Heard that these can get uncomfortable. Also, are they too "analytical" and "boring"?
KRK KNS 6400 - Heard that these are "boring".
No offense to the OP--but color me amazed! Recently we have seen more than a couple of folks who are looking for $150 closed cans that are great for gaming, movies, mutiple kinds of music; have a great sound stage; fantastic frequency response; even better sound; are very durable; are portable; don't need an amp; and have detachable cables. [or something very similar] They don't exist. If you ever find them (other than on sale for 30 seconds) please tell all of us. We want to buy them too!
What I can suggest is that you read this thread and tell us what might best meet your needs (I doubt it will be $150 or even $200):
Next--it's helpful that you told us what you don't like, but please give us more of an idea of what sound signature you want. You may have to listen to a few cans or at least read some reviews to accomplish this. The fact is we can't help very much unless we know.
Edited by KG Jag - 6/15/12 at 12:15pm