I have been lurking and reading here for the past week trying to make a decision on the purchase of some new headphones, but decided I should register and see if I could get some input.
I certainly wouldn't consider myself an "audiophile", but when listening to music I enjoy a nice clean sound. In the past I have owned some Bose TriPort ( I know, I know...), and am currently using some AKG K81DJ.
Neither of these really sounded BAD to me, but I haven't really heard any higher quality headphones to know the difference I suppose....my biggest problem with my current set is comfort. I am a programmer so being able to wear headphones for extended periods of time is a must. I work in an office environment so a closed head phone with decent isolation is a must.
My music preferences fall under the metal category, specifically a decent amount of power metal....some examples of bands I enjoy:
Iron Maiden, Iced Earth, Kamelot, Nightwish, Gamma Ray, Blind Guardian, etc...
So basically I am looking for a good pair of closed headphones for this type of music. Budget wise, I could go up in the $350 range if it is justified, although I am unsure if my ears are even deserving of this kind of hardware. I have no issues purchasing a portable amp for the right set of headphones if it is needed. I am using an Android Phone or iPhone typically as a source. Again, I'd consider a higher quality player if I can notice the benefits....
So in short...my requirements listed in order of importance:
1) Comfort ( I do prefer the over ear design as opposed to on ear )
2) Sound Quality ( I like bass, but to use a description I've seen on here I guess I like "tight" bass, boomy bass is not my thing. )
3) Portability ( mainly used at a desk so not THAT important. )
Some headphones I have looked at and considered but just am unsure of what route to go....
Ultrasone HFI 780
Ultrasone Pro 900 ( supposed to be a lot more comfortable than the 780 so I figured maybe the money would be well spent...?)
I haven't been able to find these headphones locally for a trial run....
So now that I've rambled -- does anyone have any input on what they think might be best for me? Any other information I could provide that could allow people to help me make an informed decision? Do I buy a few and flat out return ones I don't like?
Edited by griffonz - 8/9/11 at 3:25pm