Edit: I should clarify, I'm not sure if these are full size or on ear headphones, I've seen websites list them as either, but I do prefer full size ones, in case you want to recommend an alternative.
If you're a TL;DR person, skip this paragraph. I'm really just getting into high quality audio and I love it, I have a Sansa Clip Zip (4GB) that's filled with only FLAC music, much of which I made myself in FL Studio. I currently use Klipsch Image S4 in-ear headphones. I moved up gradually from Skullcandy Hesh, (you can guess how that went) to Bose in ear (just as overrated as they say) to my current ones. My Skullcandy ones were pretty terrible, and I even listened to MP3s for most of their life. Then I found out about lossless audio, and fell in love as I always hated nasty artifacts in MP3s and WMAs etc. My Dingoo could already play FLACs, I was lucky, and didn't know how rare FLAC players are (I assumed iPods could without apps/Rockbox) so I just needed to get some cash for good headphones. I used my Skullcandy ones for a bit until they broke, the store was nice enough to lie to Skullcandy and say it was a defect (they're all dysfunctional) and replace them with some fruity looking things that were apparently the same type. Those snapped shortly afterward, but I knew to gorilla tape them this time, and sold them for $15 (too much, even though I paid $50) They surprisingly work well for my friend after like 2 years. I hardly noticed the difference between MP3s and FLACs with those things, but I still got rid of my MP3 collection. I was then extremely impressed with my Bose in-ear headphones, which were $100. Not that much more for how much better they are. They worked for less then a year until sound stopped coming out of the left bud, at which time all the rubber on the jack and under the buds was falling out. Then I got my current Klipsch Image S4 headphones not too long ago, and they've worked amazing up until now, the right one has too much bass and is quieter then the other, and crackles at medium volumes, while the left one ironically lost bass, but doesn't crackle or anything major. I've tested this with sine wave sweeps and switched ears, players and all that, its definitely the headphones.
TL;DR or otherwise:
So, issue is, my Klipsch Image S4s are good enough quality for me but they're almost junk now and getting worse fast. I've been looking at over ear ones, my only concern is if other people can hear them when the volume is up (stupid issue, don't care much about it) Are the Sennheiser HD 449 headphones a good choice? I don't want to overpay, I'm 17 and have no job, and I also don't want to buy something like the worst possible choice of the brand when there's better alternatives at better prices, or they're prone to failure or something stupid, because I figured somebody here would know. Also, there might be a huge quality difference, because I've never heard anything better then my S4s, and maybe I should work more for my parents to get even more expensive ones.
Thanks for reading,
Edited by retrotails - 3/15/12 at 7:15pm