Within the past few weeks I came to the conclusion that I'd like to start listening to audio at a higher level than I have in the past... so I bought into the marketing hype and went to Best Buy :-/ I bought the Beats Pro's and the Bose QC15's to try them out (even worse both at retail price :-( ). I now know that going to Best Buy certainly isn't the best way to find high quality cans, and luckily, having only bought them a day ago, I shouldn't have any problem returning them for a full refund if I need to, so no loss there.
After I listened to them and noticed the overpowering base, lack of mids and falloff of the highs from both sets, I realized I had fallen victim to the hype and know there must be better out there. The Bose are comfortable and the noise cancellation certainly works well, however, the sound is nothing too amazing. The Beats Pro look great, however, I think they sound worse than the Bose and they also squeeze your head. At this point I actually don't mind the Bose, however, the build quality feels rather weak, and I haven't heard anything better, thus I don't know what good cans should sound like. Should I keep them or return them too?
The problem is I'm looking for a pair that is not only comfortable but also rather durable as I intend to use them while walking around campus as well as at home. They don't have to be solid aluminum like the Beats, however, I'd be afraid if they were too exposed too. They also need to look reasonably cool though SQ is more important in the long run :-) I heard decent things about the Beyer DT 880s though they certainly aren't a fashion statement. I also know Sennheiser has a good reputation though I don't really know where to start with them. Budget isn't a huge issue though certainly no electrostatic sets :-P let's say $500 and under.
Thanks in advance :-)