Let me start by saying this is an amazing website, and also an unreal audience. Before 3 days ago I had no idea there was a 'fine wine' community for headphones. I have been reading and leeching information from the forums for days (I'm ashamed and should probably make a donation or by a T-shirt), but I am still in a bad way. Let me explain.
I have a pair of headphones, if they can be called that, which I use when I am in the office. They are Sony's with no model number ... so here is a picture:
The foamy things have worn out and are all jagged and wearing these for the purpose of cbt's, webcasts, and even just listening on a flight to Florida gives me a headache. Before Sunday ... I would have told you that headphones come in two varieties: The kind I can buy at Kmart and the kind folks on VH1 wear. Now, somewhat overwhelmingly, I understand there are as many varieties and purposes as there are stars in the sky. I downloaded the guide, the lifehackr post, everything I could to help ... but at the end of the day, I honestly need to talk to someone and get some advice.
I tried to do some drastic things. I headed to BestBuy ... bought a pair of skullcandy TiTAN earbuds. OMG, it felt like a scene from the wrath of khan. So, I think that ruled out ear buds for me. Then I decided, what about what I had ... some type of headphones that go around the back of my head and don't mess up my hair. So, I bought a pair of Sony 'speakers on a stick'. I have no idea what else to call them because that is what they look like ... a loop with speakers on the end that stick in your head. Well, 5 minutes into wearing those and they felt way uncomfortable and honestly, I think the guy in the cube behind me heard more of it than I did.
So, with credit in hand I go back into Best Buy and I just stand there, literally staring at a grocery store aisle full of headphones and .......................... I left. Nothing. That is what I have now, nothing. I couldn't make a purchase. I hope others can relate to this post, it is just too much. How am I supposed to know what is worth a darn? I can't try them on. I can just read some cryptic crap about 11mm drivers and integrated whatchamajiggits and from that I make a decision. That is why I have to come to this audience. I need expert help, and to my knowledge there is no such thing as a Dr. of Headphonology that I can visit and pay 50$ to figure this riddle out. Wouldn't that be nice, if there were Dr.'s of everything ... that way you could just pay them and boom you know. .... anyway.
The riddle I am trying to solve is this. I work in a corporate environment. I sit in a cubicle. People walk by all the time. I want something comfortable because there are times when I have to be on these web audiocasts for 3hours + and then am on a plane within two hours later. So, ... I need comfort. On top of all of that, I would really like something convienent. Not batteries that I have to worry about charging all the time. Its bad enough with my crappy phone. Sound ... Sound you say? Well, I would LOVE something that actually sounds good. Sounds like when you play a song on your stereo at home and love the CD. Nothing that sounds like it is coming through a megaphone because that goes to comfort as well.
Honestly ... budget isn't really a big deal (as long as longevity is proportionate to $$$). I just don't want or in reality can appreciate something that would cost 1500.00$.
So this is my dilema, and I am sending this out to this community praying someone will read this novel and loves to give advice as much as I like to type mini drama's (lol). Anyway ... even if this just goes into the great void ... Thanks for listening and providing a forum for folks to meet and share.