From my limited experience I find headphones that grip hard are uncomfortable. Although they may sound good, certain folks may not be able to listen to them for long. Perhaps it is not so much on the clamping force but the whole thing sticking to the head like a parasite, or the pressure that the cups impose upon the jawline, or the ears themselves that need a breath of fresh air having been enclosed in a semi-tight chamber of some sort for long periods. Or perhaps it's the sound pressure build-up within the open/semi-open/closed chamber although listening levels may be low.
Sometimes when I feel uncomfortable, I pull the earcups away from the ears so as there is a slight gap between the velour/leather earpads and the surrounding area of the ears where the cups sit on. In other words, the earpads will not be touching the skin. When the cups are slightly lifted (with the music still playing), I realized the headphones have put quite a bit of stress on the listening experience.
Maybe I am sensitive to headphones since I don't use them too often. Are there any comfortable headphones that one can place on their head for a long time without feeling any discomfort or listening fatigue? Comfort takes precedence over sound quality as the latter takes a backseat.
As a reference, I would appreciate suggestions on headphones at any price range up to $1000 that are more comfortable than the Beyerdynamic T1.
Any thoughts appreciated.