Another newbie looking for headphone advice; I apologize for making a new thread instead of posting in the "buying headphones" thread but I figured this has enough specifics and details to warrant a separate thread...plus it seems like this would just get lost in the sea of replies if posted there.
Anyway, I've been using Koss QZ-5 noise cancellation headphones for the past 7 or 8 years and have gone through two pairs so far. My first pair died in early '08 and my second has been iffy for a few months, only giving full audio on both sides when the volume dial is adjusted just right etc, but is now not working properly no matter how they're adjusted. So I'm looking into new headphones for the first time and spent a good 4.5 hours this morning sifting through Amazon reviews and various other sites...but unfortunately I still am nowhere near a clear decision on what to buy.
I'm a broke college student and am trying to save up as much as possible for a new computer so I don't want to blow too much of that savings on a pair of headphones instead, but I still want to get a high quality product since this would be something I'd use pretty much every day. Under $125 would be ideal. I'd be using the headphones primarily just plugged into my computer but occasionally for travel as well; they'd be about 70% for listening to music and 30% for things like video editing and gaming. I listen to mostly hardcore music (well, metalcore/post-hardcore if you want to get technical) and haven't seen a whole lot of info on what headphones are best suited for that genre...here are a few songs to give some idea of what I'm talking about:
I also listen to much softer stuff as well (post-rock, indie, hip hop, alternative etc) but since it's primarily heavy/screamy stuff I listen to I'd like a pair of headphones that would be best suited to make that type of music sound as good as possible.
So far I've "narrowed it down" to 10 well-reviewed headphones under $125 but I'm sure there are still many options that I missed that are as good as these or better, which is why I'm posting here. If I could get some input on which of these would work best or which should be avoided (or which superior headphones I missed including on this list) it would be much appreciated. Here's what I've come up with so far...
Sennheiser HD-280 PRO ($73.95), Sennheiser HD555 ($114.95), JVC HARX900 ($56.46), JVC HARX700 ($33.54), Shure SRH440 ($75.99), Grado SR80i ($99.00), Sony MDR-7506 ($83.95), Sony MDR-XB700 ($79.88), Sony MDR-V6 ($64.95), Sony MDR-XB500 ($49.54).
So to recap: Looking for high quality headphones that will withstand years of daily use and will be quality and accurate for things like video editing and gaming while also being particularly well suited for heavier music, i.e. hardcore. Price range is $125 or less but if there's a pair of headphones that would be just *perfect* for my needs and is unmatched by anything in the sub-$125 price range then I may be willing to go higher. Thanks in advance for any recommendations and advice!