I have never bought a good pair of headphones before, but I am increasingly beginning to appreciate good headphones and finding bad speakers/headphones intolerable. The more I've been researching the more complex the world of headphones seems to be, so I'm hoping some of you guys can help me pick the best option available. I am quite into techy things, computers and programming, but at the moment I don't really know what I'm looking for, do I need an amp? what is it with these closed and open cases things? etc...
If you can explain what it all means and the pros and cons of the various methods (I don't mind a bit of tech speak) that would be great.
I have £180 (GBP) which I hope is enough to get something good that meets my criteria. Being a student this seems like quite a lot to me but I understand that it will be money well spent for good sound quality, I won't be buying another pair of headphones for quite a while after I get these so I intend to get pretty good ones first time.
I am a drummer and I will be using these headphones for drumming. Firstly I have an electronic kit (Yamaha DTXPRESS III) that I use my headphones for. Admittedly it doesn't sound nearly as good as a real kit, but I do put other music into it to play along to. I also play in a band setting where the (acoustic) kit is all mic-ed up and behind a screen. The monitoring for the drums is headphone based, and they have a small 6 channel mixing desk to control the fold back from the FOH and the ambiance mic (and occasionally a metronome/click track). I would be looking for headphones that can produce good sounds from both my kit and all the other musicians/backing track, in the band setting I would like to be able to hear each individual clearly as the sound is mono and the levels of each musician isn't always perfect. They should not be tiring to listen to and comfortable as I may be wearing them for a few hours at a time.
As I said above I won't be buying another pair of headphones for a while and I have hit my (rubbish) headphones I've got now a few times with my sticks while drumming so they need to be well-built and not fall apart with the slightest of taps (I will obviously be careful with them and I do rate sound quality above ruggedness)
As for listening to music I mostly listen to rock and a variety of it's sub genre's. However I'm not sure if I'm looking for a stereotypical rock pair of headphones and I may use them for other types of music as well. Lots of bad speakers/headphones I've heard have really rubbish bass, so I think I would like one with good bass but since reading some of the posts on this forum it seems like some have too much bass for some people, so I'm also not so sure. As long as it doesn't interfere with the high frequencies it should be fine (I don't see why I shouldn't be able to hear high frequencies when all you are doing is adding a bit of bass?) This is a bit vague but I intend to use them for listening to music for enjoyment as well as my other uses.
I do have an interest in audio production/processing/mixing and would be using the headphones for that, so accurate representations of sound to an armature studio level would be nice.
I play some games on my computer, but mostly "fun" rather than serious, a I can't see myself becoming a "professional" FPS player who needs the fancy headphones.
The sound card I have in my computer is the one provided with the Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus motherboard, I'm not sure exactly what it is or it's specs, but it's probably not amazing. I use it for most of my music and to play stuff through my electric drum kit.
I hope I have provided you with enough information to suggest which options are best for me (specific headphones and more general things like if/why I should use an amp (should I?) and advantages and disadvantages between different types of headphone). Also if any of you know of any UK based exhibits or shows where I can try out some headphones that would be great because then I can be sure what they are like.
Thanks in advance! :)
Edited by somerandomguy - 1/24/11 at 4:00pm