I'm not willing to spend more than $150 on my first set of headphones.
The music I listen to is varied, but I usually like music with a lot going on in the production. I mostly listen to rock-based music. I listen to a lot of metal, but I also listen to a lot of prog rock, experimental rock, art rock, you name it. If I'm not in the mood for rock music, I listen to jazz, hip-hop, EDM, or anything else well crafted.
A broad look at my taste:
The Beach Boys
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
The Dirty Projectors
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
I think you guys get the point. That should cover the essentials of my taste and the types of productions that I listen to. The first guy on the list is very important to what type of headphone I buy. If you've never heard any of his offerings, first of all, go listen to Terria, right now. Devin creates very elaborate soundscapes with many instruments and sounds filling up the mix. I want a headphone that allows me to fully immerse myself in his "wall of sound" production.
Now, all that being said, here are the headphones I've looked at after reading some recommendations:
I don't care too much one way or another whether they are open or closed headphores, what I care about most is how immersive and accurate the sound is. I have not listened to any of these headphones. The only expensive headphone I've really listened to is a Bose OE2 that my friend has, so I don't really have a sound preference yet. I hear Guitar Center is a good place to try stuff out, so if I can get there I'll try to listen to any recommended headphones they carry.
Edited by already-taken - 7/10/12 at 11:46am