Hello, this is my 2nd time posting in this thread to follow up my post a week ago after more research.
Price: Around 100$. Can go over a little bit if needed.
Closed headphones. Going to be using them mainly on my computer and occasionally on my phone. I won't be buying amps.
I would be using them mainly at home/dorm doing work.
I need them to isolate sound from the outside and not leak either to not disturb others.
I would also like to use these with my electric guitar. However, it's not that important as I only play for fun.
I listen to all types of music. Metal, rock, folk, alternative, pop, rnb, hip hop, electronica. Not really sure if this calls for a balanced sound. I owned a pair of HD280 Pro for years and I used them with my computer with the equalizer set on bass. I loved the sound and I'm only replacing them because they broke.
Of course I want them to be comfortable. I know this matter depends on the person, so I'll just compare my experience on my old headphones. As I mentioned I owned the HD280 Pro and after a while I found them to be very comfortable. I've read reviews about them recently and many complained about the comfort. Something about clamping hard. Maybe I just got used to them. Hopefully that says something about what I think "comfortable" is.
I'm not an audiophile, and I want this to be the last headphones I want to buy. I want it to last long. Good build quality is A MUST.
That's pretty much it. I got recommended the MDR-V6 and CAL.
MDR-V6: I've read reviews comparing this to HD280 Pro and it was said that the 280 Pros sounded better musically. The V6 sounded more "aggressive." What does that mean?
CAL: I heard the build quality isn't that good. Something about the wires feeling cheap. I'm not also a fan of how it looks.
After some research I've come across these headphones:
ATH M50 - I see these headphones as the most recommended. However, the reviews seems to be mixed, especially on the comfort side. I heard these are very good all-rounder headphones. My problem with these is that reviews said they don't isolate as well and there is some leakage. I even saw a youtube demo for it and I didn't like ti that much. Comments on that? They cost 160$ at Amazon atm, and I'm waiting for a sale near 100$. My question is am I overlooking another good alternative?
Shure SRH440 - I came across these because of the SRH840s. I heard the SRH 840s are really good, however they are way above my price range. How good are the 440s compared to the 840s?
KNS8400 - I saw the reviews and they said these are the most comfortable headphones ever. I'm not really sure if it meets all my other requirements however. An comments on that? The other downside is that I could only probably get these used (70$ on Amazon atm), which I'm nervous about.
Ultrasone HFI-580 - I came across these looking for ATH M50 alternatives. It's mentioned that these are basshead cans. I'm not really sure if I'll like that (refer to my description of the sound I liked above). How are these in terms of my other requirements. Again another downside is that the price is way above my budget. I saw that they were on sale for 118$ a month ago. Are they worth the wait?
I really want to enjoy my summer to the fullest, and so I want to make my purchase before the end of this month. I don't want to wait on a sale too long.
I'm sorry for the long post, I just want to give details as many as possible.
Edited by Kirasagi - 6/4/13 at 2:53am