My first large outlay of currency for a headphone was for the Beats Pro model in late December. I got them, and they did sound good. However, They were very uncomfortable and simply too bulky to be portable. I paid $300 at the time, and I could't reconsile that much money for headphones that I didn't like that much. So i sent them back (full amazon refund).
After that, I almost went off the deep end, and I almost ended up with some Beets Studios. I purchased some for $165 off ebay, and I was LUCKY enough to get fakes. So I sent them back (and yes, the seller did give me a full refund and paid for return shipping).
Ok I said, forget that. So i went looking for other stylish headphones that might sound good. I ended up with some V-Moda crossfades after falling in love with their looks and getting them at great deal ($130). At $130, for the average person, I would stand by the statement that it was indeed a good deal. Their build quality was supurb and their looks were spectacular. Their sound, however, was extremely lacking. They sounded like a $100 fashion headphone, which is what they are. Now those are being sent back as well (in the process, amazon has a 30 day return policy and i'm lazy).
It was then that i decided to come to my senses. Headphones shouldn't be about how they look, because no one really cares if your headphones look good. It should be about the sound quality.
After doing tons of research here on headfi, I finally settled on some headphones that would be the best for me (no intention of buying an amplifier at present).
I am presently being shipped RE-ZERO's and M50s, and this time, I am confident that I will not be disappointed. Thanks to everyone who helped me along the way, and thanks to everyone who wrote highly informative reviews.
I will follow this up with my impressions of the new headphones (and yes, I will wait for burn-in before passing judgement, Ive been taught well )