So I'm really interested in getting a long-term pair of headphones after a depressing line of Apple earbuds, $5 Big-Lots in-ear headphones, a pair of bottom-line Koss buds, 2 pairs of Ink'd buds, a pair of iFrogz Ozone w/ mic buds, and probably a couple of other pairs of headphones that I've forgotten, I'm getting tired of throwing away my money, and I have developed a minor hatred for in ear headphones.
Ideally I would like (ranked by importance on a scale of 1-10, 1 being more important & 10 being less important)
3.Comfortable (I don't have a weird shaped head or anything)
3.Good sound for both metal/dubstep* and gaming
4.Compatible with Xbox/PC (thoughts on adapters?)
4.Gaming/general purpose mic (detachable or stowable)
4.Somewhat isolating (so probably closed headphones)
5.Possible use with a mobile amp (thoughts?)
7.Aesthetics (i know its kinda superficial)
*I also listen to a variety of other genres including soundtrack, spoken word (podcasts, youtube vids, etc.), a tiny bit of bluegrass (stuff like Nickle Creek and Mark Kroos), and a healthy dose of alt and punk, but NOT including rap, pop, or hip-hop. I listed metal and dubstep both because they represent the majority of what I listen to and because I'm believe they would be the most technically demanding of my audio intake.
I'm really looking for some general feedback on what price range I would be looking at (I don't have a lot of cash but I'm looking into getting a job soon), or if headphones fitting this description even exist. Should I try to get an all in on deal, or should I get some durable headphones for on the go and some better sounding but possibly less sturdy headphones at home? I don't know much at all about sound cards so if its relevant any info on that subject would be appreciated as well.
The Sennheiser Amperior is the only thing that comes to mind. Highly durable (although the plastic headbands may feel a bit flimsy), portable, easy to drive, stellar sound quality with good bass response, pretty comfortable microvelour padding (more so than the dt1350 and es10), good isolation, comes with an in-line mic, all parts of the headphones are detachable/replaceable, blue aluminum cups certainly don't look bad, and scales well with portable amps. Only problem is that it costs... $350. You can find refurbished ones for $170 or less, however.
Edited by viralcow - 3/7/13 at 4:19pm