So now that I've learned that I'm looking for an open or semi-open headphone, what would you recommend to be fun and comfortable?
The first page lists Beyer 990, but those are $300 on Amazon. They sound awesome (great sound, great spacial positioning, enough bass to make games fun, very comfortable) but they're also really expensive since I'm only going to use them for gaming.
1) I've seen the SR850 and HD668B recommended ($50 + $35 for velour pads on Amazon = $85 total), but heard they have strong clamping force. I think a local Sam Ash has the SR850, so I'll see if I can try them out. Any recommendation whether the SR850 or 668B design is more comfortable?
1a) I've heard that you can find velvet pads on Ebay for $15 for them, but I couldn't find anything other than the AKG pads for $35. Am I just doing it wrong?
2) I've also seen the Panasonic RP-HTF600-S listed as an option ($30 + $23 for Beyer velour pds = $53 total). How would these compare to the SR850/668B? Which would you recommend?
3) It seems like I'm jumping from $30-50 phones + $23-35 for pads to $300 phones. Any other models that I should look at?
Have you considered the AD700? They started to become the only headphone I used for gaming, and they now seem like a redundant part of my collection. Expect them to show up on the For Sale forum soon.