I have never owned any sort of expensive headphones; probably the most money I've invested was $30 for a pair of Creative Labs earbuds.
I love music, but I've never been able to work a pair of really nice headphones into my budget until recently. To give you a rough idea, I can spend up to about 8 hours in a day listening to music -- an hour in my car commuting and another 7 or so hours at work, so I'm definitely looking for something comfortable. I also wear glasses, which can be an issue with certain brands, or so I've read. I don't really have an immediate preference for open or closed design as sound leaking is not an issue for me.
Primarily I listen to music with my latest-generation iPod Classic. I would say about 40% of my music collection is archived in lossless format, so I'm looking for a headphone that will allow me to enjoy all the detail of those files. I'm not really interested in getting an amp at this point.
For listening tastes, I primarily listen to alternative rock, classic rock, and singer/songwriter music, along with some jazz (primarily bebop, hard bop, and fusion), Texas and Chicago blues, and orchestral music. I prefer balanced but lively sound; I really enjoy the sensation of being immersed in whatever I'm listening to.
Thus far I've been considering the Sennheiser HD 448, 555, or 595, as well as the Grado SR80i. Given my listening preferences, current set-up, and budget, are there any other headphones you might recommend? Or, alternatively, of those four, which do you think would suit my needs the most? There are so many options out there that I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed, and there aren't too many places around here that will let you really audition headphones. Thanks for the help.
Edited by dirkgently - 9/2/11 at 7:18am