I started my headphone journey a little over 10 years ago when I was searching the web for a good pair of DJ headphones. At the time, I couldn't afford the Sennheiser HD-25 II as I worked a summer job and spent most of my cash on my actual DJ setup (and lots of records). The next headphone that was highly recommended was the $100 HD280 and that's what I finally settled on. I quickly got bored with these and found head-fi around the same time I got my Rio Karma.
Along the way I picked up a few different sub-$50 headphones (and a few amps/DACs) and now, after years of lurking head-fi, I've finally saved up some money to get a real set of 'phones (that actually benefit from my extra gear!).
I was so set on getting Denon D2000s but since they're no longer available (new or refurbished, at least) I decided I'd try out the Beyer DT-990's first before I try to find a used pair of D2000s. Yesterday I was about to pull the trigger on a cheap (~$150!) Amazon warehouse deal set of the Premium 250 ohm edition but decided to think about it while on lunch...by the time I made my decision to buy, they were snatched up! I figured instead of getting a used pair of premiums for ~$190 I'd go for a brand new pair of the pro model for the same price. I think the black plastic looks better anyways...haha. I'm just worried they won't be good for my huge head (the HD280s took a long time and a cracked headband to finally be comfortable, now those headphones are in tatters). If the DT990s aren't for me, I'm headed for the sale/trade forums (unless amazon will accept it back for a refund).
My DT-990s will be here tomorrow and hopefully I'll be satisfied with just my Fiio E7 (maybe also the E9 soon) to power them...hopefully so satisfied that I don't have to come back to head-fi for another year or so!
But that's wishful thinking and we all know it...as soon as I get my vinyl setup tuned-up/repaired I'll probably be back to upgrade...
Here's to hoping the DT990s are a complete package for me, maybe I can finally retire my Superlux HD681s and their sweaty earpads (and enjoy those velour pads I almost spent $50+ for!).