Hey, I've been reading different articles and posts around the site and think I've gathered some good information, but would like some direct feedback based on what I do with my headphones and some of your experience. I'm currently looking for a pair of headphones around the $150 price point. I use my headphones for a number of different things and I wear them for long periods of time. Let me preface this by saying I currently have a pair of HD555s that I bought a number of years ago. They have been good headphones but are starting to show their age (plastic cracking a bit, wear on the pads, etc). I primarily listen to hip hop but i also listen to rock and a little bit of everything else as well to be honest. The other main use for my headphones is gaming, so I would like a pair that will work well in that environment as well. That brings me to one of other concerns, comfort. Like I said I wear my headphones for pretty extended periods of time so comfort is quite important. For a point of reference I find my HD555s to be quite comfortable, I don't find myself thinking about wearing them if that makes sense. I also watch movies with headphones, but this is probably the least important in terms of how they perform doing a specific task.
The headphones are mainly going to be used with my PC, no amp. Occasionally I'll use them with a zune or my htc evo. Currently I'm not interested in purchasing an amp, but at some point down the road it is a possibility.
Now I have a few pairs in mind, but I don't want to say which because I want some more experienced peoples opinions based on what I use my phones for in case I'm kind of looking in the wrong direction.
Stretch your budget by about $20 and get the HD 558. They are an improved version of what you have. For even more comfort and a bit more sound stage, get a used HD 598. These two cans share the same drivers.
Then get an amp when you can afford it.