I hope you guys don't mind me making an account here just to pick your brains
Anyways, For the longest time I've been using Sennheiser HD 598s (those ugly beige/brown ones) and overall have been very disappointed with them.
There are 2 reasons why I dislike them.
1. They sound way too... euh... airy? if that makes sense.
Basically it feels like music is everywhere except in my ears...
This made my amp the volume by such a margin that it was so incredibly loud it would probably damage my cans...
2. The main reason I dislike them is because they seriously hurt my ears...
Even after 4 months I still haven't gotten used to it and need to take frequent breaks because the top of my ear feels like it's on fire from being pressed against the headphones.
The ear cups themselves are quite comfy though...
So now that I've got some extra cash I'm finally getting around to replacing them but sadly, I don't have a lot of experience with headphones so I wouldn't even know where to start... =/
Most of the time I'll be using them for listening music on my desktop and playing games.
When I play starcraft 2, the game sound is set super low so it's basically almost exclusively music.
I listen to a wide variety if music to keep an open mind ^^
Mostly it's drum & bass and the most extreme forms of metal, but I can listen to the occasional jazz or even classical music.
(almost anything except pop and R&B tbh)
When I'm not using them for music I'll probably be playing Battlefield 3 while on teamspeak with friends :)
So what am I looking for?
Good headphones (duh) with a good amount of bass.
Doesn't have to be noise canceling since I use them at home but I wouldn't mind it since the kids can get very... 'exited' when they are on the playstation
Probably closed cans (not sure if this airy sound I mentioned before is common with open cans or if it's just the 598s. If it's something with the 598s then I could go for open cans I guess :) )
I'll be plugging them into a Asus Xonar Phoebus which is a really good sound card if you ask me
My budget would be around the 200-250€ but if someone can suggest headphones that really are worth it I could go as high as 300€.
I know that the best thing to do is to try headphones in a store but the thing is that I live in Belgium atm which is a very backward country if you're looking for anything related to technology.
For example, there is only 1 part in my gaming computer I can buy in this country, Fibernet costs 80€/m without TV, 3G networks hardly exist and are extremely unstable and no store anywhere stocks interesting products...
So finding headphones better then your average run-in-the-mill iPod buds is (near) impossible :(
I'd like to thank all of you for your time!
Hugs 'n kisses for any advice you can give me :-)
Edited by Amputate - 7/17/12 at 8:27am