I'd like to start off by saying that I know nothing about how good a pair of headphones are. But since I'm entering university, I figured it'd be best to purchase a good pair. I've got about $200 to spend on a good pair of headphones for university. I'd prefer to spend between $180 to $200, but if it so happens there is a better fit at the expense of a slightly higher price, I'll be willing to spend it. One thing however, no Beats by Dr. Dre, I know enough to know that there are better cans out there.
Most of the time, it'll be for just simply listening to music. And then other than that, it'll be for studying at the library or at the cafe or just in my dorm, so I'm looking for a pair of cans that'll be able to last a good two to four hours without hurting my ears or my head. With that being said, I hope for decent sound isolation. I'm also a bit of a gamer too. In terms of sound quality, I don't know much nor do I have high standards. What I'm looking for is decent bass, one that gives a good punch but not too bassy, and for vocals to be clear and crisp. In terms of the highs and mids, I don't expect too much, other than that they sound as they should. I listen to pop, r&b (ballads), hip hop and dance; along with some alternative and rock occasionally. So essentially, something that'll perform well enough to cover all these genres without sounding muted or distorted. I'm not a bass-head, if anything, I'd like my mids to be more pronounced and perform better than the lows.
In terms of the headphones physically and appearance-wise, I'd like something that isn't too chunky, nothing too over the top. I prefer ear cups, but nothing too drastic to make it seem as if I've got dishes plastered to the sides of my head. In a nutshell, I'm looking for something sleek, somewhat like Ultrasones, but not necessarily that brand itself. In addition, something that won't weight down my head with an extended period of use but not light enough to feel cheap. Hopefully these expectations aren't impossible ones; but if you guys have any suggestions that may not fit all of these specifications, don't hesitate to share them, nothing is set in stone.
On a side note, would purchasing an amplifier boost the sound quality of headphones within this budget? Or would this be something that can be overlooked and not create that big of a change. I've browsed through some headphones around my budget and have seen a few that seem fit but am not sure: Ultrasone HFI 580, Ultrasone HFI 680 and AKG Q460.
Thank you very much!
Edited by firstfall - 7/29/12 at 9:59pm