Hi! So I'm totally new to the whole audiophile world lol!
But I'm trying to decide on a pair of headphones, and these three three, the AKG Q701, Sennheiser HD598, and the Boss Quiet Comfort 3 are the ones I've narrowed it down to.
I've chosen the AKG Q701 and Sennheiser HD598 due to a lot of favorable reviews and positive comments on their sound quality. Based on the minimal research I did, Bose slightly lacks in terms of sound quality, but is unparalleled in their noise-cancellation technology (at least in this price range). I understand that the Boss QC3 is much more expensive than the other two, but someone told me that you don't need to buy an amp for headphones with noise-cancellation (if someone could confirm this, it would be much appreciated). I know about the Boss QC 15 too. I've tried them personally, and though I have yet to try the QC3's, I'm fairly certain I would like them better.
Just for some more information, I wear glasses. A lot of the times, the headphones I wear (usually really cheap ones) push my glasses up and annoy me. I've tried the Sennheiser HD598's, and they were the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn (I think part of it is because they're circumaural?). I'm wondering if anyone would know how comfortable the AKG Q701's and QC3's would be for glasses-wearers. I couldn't seem to find whether these two headphones were circumaural or not (though they are open-back, I think?). Unfortunately, even though I really like this open-back, circumaural design, I also like headphones that isolate noise. I understand that open-back designs aren't capable of doing this, so I was wondering if closed-back headphones can be comfortable as well. If there are any comfortable ones, please tell me which ones!
Also, I've read countless times that an amp is necessary to maximize the sound quality of the headphones. However, I listen to my music at a REALLY low volume (on my iphone, I'll bring the volume to zero, then just click the volume up button once). Is a portable amp still necessary for better sound? Also, if so, are there any budge portable amps that you'd reccomend?
Oh and one last thing! xD
For the breaking-in thing for headphones, will they naturally break in just by normal use for a long time? I don't really care if I don't get their full quality right away, so long as it can be eventually reached.
Thanks in advance for your help!
P.S- Just to note, I own IEM's (the Klipsch S4's). I just wanted to move onto full size headphones.