I am trying to find a pair of headphones mainly for watching movies(bluray/dvd) in my bedroom. During the daylight hours it is usually too noisy to focus on watching anything w/ speakers. At night either still too noisy or I need to be quiet. Will sometimes be used for gaming on the PS3. Also occasionally PC gaming if it sounds much better than my current headset. Won't be used for listening to music...
I don't need audiophile quality, just good quality.
To get a good movie experience I was also considering some sort of "surround" option. Either dolby headphone or something similar.
I have also been considering wireless because I will be 8-10+ feet away from the TV and don't want to deal with long cables or extensions. Also every single headset/headphones I have ever had end up with the wires getting damaged over time. I know most people here care most about the best quality, but I am probably more concerned with comfort and convenience as long as the quality is good.
I got my dad a pair of Sony MDR DS-3000 wireless surround headphones for xmas. Listened to them for a few hours and the surround effect was obviously emulated, but still fairly convincing. It sounded like it created a bigger soundstage than just stereo and the dialogue was very crisp and much easier to understand than before. Downside is that there seems to be a constant hiss regardless of the audio source. I couldn't find anything to watch with a lot of very quiet scenes to see if the hiss would be loud enough to bother me, but it is always there.
Was also looking at:
Sony MDR DS-6000 (2.4ghz wireless radio vs the DS-3000 infrared)
Both are supposedly hiss-free. The pioneer looks like exactly what I want... Except it has a 90 day warranty(tells me that pioneer expects it to break) and I have found many reports of these breaking because they are made of cheap plastic. I want something that I should not expect to break without abuse.
I have been trying to compare various "surround" implementations vs stereo. There is a dolby headphone demo on youtube that just sounds awesome. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fligG_SLnOc
I also watched my pearl harbor DVD which has a dolby headphone soundtrack and wasn't impressed, didn't sound like the youtube demo and didn't seem too different from regular stereo.
The sony attempt at a surround effect doesn't sound too bad to me.
Was watching the two towers on DVD and it sounded pretty good just with my gaming headset connected to the TV.
If I connect my headset(using my altec lansing gaming headset at the moment) to my LG 32LE5400 TV I am not sure if it simply downmixes to stereo or adds any effects or unusual processing. The TV has some cheesy attempt at surround for the built in speakers called "infinite sound" and I am not sure if that is implemented while listening with headphones or not.
Also am considering a device such as the JVC Victor SU-DH1 to implement dolby headphone but haven't heard enough to decide whether dolby headphone is something I would want or not.
Also would consider something like a receiver or amp if its not too expensive.
My current setup looks like this PS3->TV(HDMI connection)... for Bluray/DVD & games. Or occasionally I use PS3 media server to stream content from my PC to the PS3.
Ideal budget $100, max budget $260 total.