Hello everyone, I'm new here to Head Fi and the audiophile world in general. :) Lately I've been sick of the bad quality of my Apple earbuds so for a late Christmas present I'm deciding to spoil myself with some good cans.
My budget is $200-300, the most I will go for is $400 but no higher than that if I can help it.
Since this is my first set, I will be using it for general, "everything, everyday" use, both at home and traveling - until I can save money for more ;) It will take a while until that happens so I want some portable headphones that I'll enjoy for a good, long while.
I travel by plane a lot so something that will keep the noise out is desirable. Headphones that are easy to carry/walk around with, lightweight, durable and not too clunky, big or fussy is good too - as long as that means not too much sound quality is sacrificed :)
Music will mostly be in standard mp3 format, and I will probably just do without an amp (for now) and plug it directly into my iPhone/iPod. Genres include mostly mainstream/pop, rock, rnb, soul, rap, dubstep, a little bit of country, some classical and orchestral film scores.
Comfort is a priority since I will probably be wearing them for several hours in a given day. My ears are small, maybe 2 inches from the top to my earlobe? Haha. I read before about headphones needing to be "broken in" for comfort. My head is pretty small compared to the average person.
I heard good stuff about the Sennheiser Amperiors but right now it's almost $400, right at the limit of my budget. For those of you who own cans near this budget, are you satisfied with the quality considering the price?
Bottom line is I'm not really looking for any cans styled specifically to one genre of music. Something balanced that can cover a broad range of genres is good enough for me.
Thanks and Merry Christmas!