I've done many research, looked at many posts on this forum, but couldn't find an answer for my specific taste. I really wouldn't mind going to an audiophile shop and auditioning for some headphones, but... from what i know there are none near me that are truley dedicated to headphones. I have found a few online that is near where i live (long island new york) but when i check there website out, they have everything audiophile related, but headphones....
So with that being sad, my budget is at most $300 would prefer to spend less, i am likely to get the asus xonar dx soundcard (since this is strictly for desktop music listening) and soon after that get the fiio e9 desktop amp. I had my eyes on the Sennheiser hd 598's, and was ready to buy them, until i did a little more research and found that most of the buyers are softer music listeners. I really don't listen to much soft music. I enjoy listening to mostly rock, but 2 times out of 10 ill listen to some bassy music like hip hop and dubstep. I listen to many types of rock. I enjoy listening to many different types of bands like Linkin park, Saliva, Breaking Benjamin, Disturbed, Drowning pool, Guns n' Roses, Metallica, Ozzy osbourne, black sabbath, Trapt, Chevelle, Puddle of mud, 3 doors down, Red, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Styles n beyond, Celldweller, Blue Stahli, Nirvana, Alice n chains, soundgarden, Crossfade, and so much more like these bands that i cannot think of off the top of my head. As for hip hop/ dubstep i really only listen to 1 or 2 main artists. Eminem is great, and some skrillex songs. Every once in a while i might find a good beat of a rap song that i might enjoy listening to.
I realize that i am sacraficing bass if i go for a rock orientated headphone, but i am willing to make that sacrafice.
A note, i have heard Grados are great for rock, but after hearing so many reviews that they are very uncomfortable even for long time users, i have quickly steered away from them simply because i do not feel like adjusting my headphones after every song or even in the middle of every song. Not to mention the reviews where i heard they leave peoples ears to ache, i don't want that. Don't think im looking for a top of the line comfortable headphone though, i just want a headphone that will leave me to leave them alone and not adjust while im listening to music.
I forgot to mention, i will take an open backed headphone because i will be alone in my room listening to music.
Another edit: I enjoy listening to a ton of the songs that WJRR plays (http://www.iheart.com/live/593/?autoplay=true) Thats a good indication of what kind of headphones i need.
Edited by Starburst1 - 8/14/12 at 8:11pm