So, I've been lurking around head-fi for a while now and I've seen several of the "beginners guides to finding the right headphone", but I feel as if the headphones I'm looking for are sort of unique.
Ideally, they'd be a pair of over-ear headphones.
SQ should be pleasing. I'll be using the headphones for monitoring, but I'll also be using them for casual listening...I'm hoping that isn't an impossible combination. I'll just say that for my case monitoring is less important than my casual listening.
I'd also like headphones that are attractive looking. If it weren't for the under-par SQ, and over-marketed logo, I'd go for a pair of Dr. Dre's Beats. But, I have a thing for sound. I tried the beats in the apple store at one point, and I was pretty disappointed. So, I'll stray away from those, but if there are some headphones that share the beats sort of minimalistic "one-piece" design, that would be nice.
Sound Isolation is also important, so that's why I'd definitely opt for a closed-ear set. I don't need actively-cancelling headphones with batteries or anything like that, but just un-complicated isolation.
Probably one of the bigger things (which kind of ties in with style) is that they don't look huge on my head. Most audiophile-grade headphones are huge and I'm not looking for that. Ideally, the headphones will fit slimly and snugly on my head.
Oh yeah, and price point. Up to 200$, street price.
So, in a nutshell:
1) Good SQ. OK for monitoring, but better for listening and enjoyment.
2) Attractive-looking "one-piece" minimalistic design.
3) A good noise isolation seal.
4) Not huge on my head.
5) Up to 200$
As for what I've seen already:
I really liked the way the T1 Daft Punk Headphones looked (can't say anything about sound), but seeing that they were never properly brought to the market, I can't get my hands on them.
The Incase Sonic Headphones also sparked some interest, but some details bother me, such as the alleged over-enunciation of high frequencies and funny looking wires that are sticking out of both sides.
I've also taken a look at the AKG Q701's, but they're a little on the pricey side. And, they don't really fit that whole "not huge on the head" thing.
So, that's what I'm looking for. If you have any ideas, I'd love to know!
Edited by Y260 - 9/8/12 at 6:30am