ive no doubt this thread has been created a few thousand times, but i decided to cut to the chase and make my own.
ive been searching for headphones now for something over twenty hours, and i dont feel much closer to deciding. not sure how much longer i can go on. ive narrowed it down to i think around thirty eight pairs. it seems like ive narrowed the brand down to sennheiser, akg, or audio technica, but then i come here and see several more brands ive yet to even come across, that get excellent reviews.
so here it is:
im looking for a pair of wired headphones, preferably $400 dollars or under. if there was a prudent enough reason, i could probably be persuaded to spend a little more if i had to.
im not really sure under what conditions ill be listening with them under. i probably want something in the audiophile category. the 'nicest' sounding for the price. i suspect ill plug them into my laptop plenty. i also plan, once i make this decision, to look into a pair of wireless headphones for the purpose of drumming along to albums. i intend to go less pricey on this pair, quality is not of great importance, though its always nice. however, if i can get enough volume out of whichever wired pair i go with, then they could wind up filling that role. so thats a consideration. i listen primarily to rock music, both hard and soft, a lot of jethro tull, the beach boys, black sabbath, alice in chains. more recent music would include queens of the stone age. i do like my share of eminem, though.
i am also in a band, and its possible these headphones could be used for monitoring purposes, and/or mixing, so that is a consideration as well. very likely that id use them in home recordings, especially keyboard.
so what am i pretty well sold on so far?
the sennheiser hd 600s are very tempting. but i read a review of the denon2000s suggesting they had better bass response, and they are cheaper. the 650s seem just outside my price range, but if they were that much greater, i might entertain them. the pxc 450s appear to be excellent, and some reviews suggest theyre even better than bose in noise cancellation. having some experience with bose headphones, and having a bose stereo system in my car, i am a huge fan of bose, and im frankly very surprised to see virtually everyone agree there is better. the bose quiet comfort 15s are definitely in the running. i am also very attracted to the hd 598s. they look neat, though look matters very little to me and seem to get great reviews, and are a great deal cheaper than the hd 600s, which ive read some mixed reviews for. among other sennheiser considerations are the px 360s, hd 25-1 IIs, hd590s, and hd 380 pros.
audio technica is running about second or even. ive seen the universally rave reviews of the ath m50s. thing is theyre only about $150 bucks tops. so im a little confused as to whether they truly compete with the best, or are simply some of the best for their money, or both. if theyre better than something for $400 dollars, i will obviously, gladly go with them. but im willing to pay for better. the ath-esw9as are very impressive, and near the front of the pack. the ath a900s are supposed to have some of the best frequency response available, but are on the cheap. among other considerations are the a900x, ad900, es88, and pro700mkII.
im a fan of akg, but they arent running especially hard. considerations include the k 601, 701, and 702, the k 550s, and k 272. a little confused on these because what appear to be the higher end 702s are actually available cheaper, and the 550s more expensive.
i am open to sony, but they dont seem to offer much at all. mdr ma900s caught my eye, the mdr v900hds, and mdr nc500d.
there are a handful of beyerdynamics that look very attractive, but im too exhausted to read further up on. dt 990s, dt 880s, dt 1350s.
a handful of shures as well. obviously a big fan of shure microphones. they dont seem to compete QUITE as well in the headphone department, but im entertaining the srh 1440, srh 840, and srh 940.
also in the running are alessandro ms2s, the bose quiet comfort 15s, the v-moda crossfade m-80s (never heard of these, but cant seem to get away from positive reviews and recommendations of them), denon ahd2000, pioneer hdj 2000, ultrasone hfi 780, and phiaton ms 400.
i am at my wits end and i cannot bear to deal with headphones anymore. as i peruse this site its becoming clear to me there are even more competing brands worth considering. so i would endlessly appreciate any help, suggestions, recommendations, etc. i am at this point mostly trying to rule choices out, so ill take that as well. if one pair of headphones out of the rest are better than a particular pair, that scratches one off the list. again, any help at all is endlessly appreciated. if theres a brand i didnt mention or havent come across that competes, feel free to throw that in as well, and if i can offer any more information about potential use, feel free to prompt me. thanks in advance.