So I'm currently in the market for a new pair of headphones. I've been obsessively researching for the past week, but keep getting overwhelmed by the sheer number of variables involved, so figured I'd finally stop torturing myself and ask for help.
I have a noise sensitivity issue due to ADHD, which sucks. What sucks even more is that my parents recently decided to move me, my two younger brothers and two dogs into a small-ish townhouse with really poor insulation, meaning that every FOOTSTEP/SNEEZE/WHISPER?BARK etc. penetrates my room, making concentration next-to-impossible.
I also wear eye-glasses, which I didn't even realize was an issue until I came across a comment on CNET, which has me further rethinking the issue. For what it's worth, the arms on my glasses are reasonably thin - i.e. they sit just under the peaks of my ears.
I'm by no means an audiophile - up until now, I'd been using a crappy pair of supra-aural Sony's which finally gave out on me. They also had a noise-cancelling feature which created an uncomfortable pressure on my ear and did nothing to drown out dynamic sounds like human voices.
So what I'm wondering is ...
a) if I'm strictly using them at home, is noise-cancelling necessary? Or could I get away with circumaural earphones, and if so would the glasses not interfere by breaking the seal?
b) I realize in-ear is probably the way to go here, but I find that even using earplugs to sleep at night create this uncomfortable pressure in my head, so I'm not sure how well I'd tolerate them .. ?
I'm in Melbourne, Australia and was looking at spending no more than $200US .. I don't mind buying online, I suppose, but I also found this place that seems to have an okay range and also lets you sample them in-store. If it helps, here's their website + range .. http://www.factorysound.com/section/catalogue/cat/h_phones___talkback/?r=64p=1
I was in there today, though neglected to bring my ipod and glasses, so might go back next week. The dude said he could cut a deal on any set and would do the Beyerdynamic DT990 for like $100 ...
Edited by noise-phobe - 4/16/11 at 12:44am