Hiya! First post here, so if this has been covered I do apologize. If it has, please just drop a link and I will follow to the link. I just had no idea how to word this for a search.
About a year and a half ago I tried out some Bose noise canceling headphones, and this caused me to decide I needed some decent headphones. So shortly after that I bought a pair of Sony noise canceling headphones. They were the ones from Sam's Club (model number I am unsure of) and I liked them enough to know I wanted to step it up from there. Seriously, one listen of the Yes album Fragile and I was sold.
For Christmas my wife bought me a pair of Sennheiser HD 280 pro. I went that route due to great reviews. I soon came to find out that there is a definite "love em/hate em" camp around them. Personally, I like them a lot, but I do agree with the complaints about how they do start to hurt after a bit of time wearing them. That and my ears start to sweat. Yuck. So I decided to start looking around at what else is out there. Considering I do like the Sennheisers, I feel I can take my time and save some pennies.
So here is the real question. How does one go about testing headphones? I stopped in Best Buy last night and they had even more than before set up for testing. It appears that Ludacris has jumped on the Dre bandwagon and now has his own "Beats" type of headphone. But they also had plain Monster phones (which from reading this site informed me that Monster is who really makes Beats), Harmon, Sony, Sennheiser, Bose, and a couple of others. In all honesty, aside from the Bose, none of them sounded anywhere near as good as my HD280s. I can only assume that this is due to nobody at Best Buy having clue one as to how to help these things sound better. I admit the Bose sound nice, but as they are noise canceling, I hate them. But I just know that they are NOT the best out there, and I can only assume there is much better than what I have. How does one go about finding out which ones are right for you, without having to buy and return?