Yes, I know Bose is considered a joke among audiophiles, but I really love the comfort of these things. Bose is one of the few brands you can actually try on in a store somewhere which is a big advantage IMO. I previously bought the Denon D1000 based on recommendations from this board, but I didn’t find them as comfortable as most people seemed to. They clamping force is just a little too much, but I think the main problem is that the cups aren’t quite big enough to go all the war around my ear. Either the top or bottom is always squeezing my ear against my head which becomes uncomfortable after a while. I guess I have big ears? :(
Here is exactly what I am looking for… maybe headfi can help. A good set of portable, closed, around ear headphones that don’t need an amp (I will be listening through an iPod or laptop). Comfort is my #1 priority. Noise isolation or cancellation isn’t that important. I want good audio quality obviously, but I will be listening to more talk (radio, podcasts, audiobooks) than music, so I am really more concerned about comfort. I will be wearing these things 6+ hours per day. The smaller/lighter they are, the better… but they must fit all the way around my ear. Looking to spend $150 or less. If the Bose are the most comfortable I can get, I don’t mind paying the premium for the name.