I've been wanting new headphones for a while now and had done a good bit of research here over the past few weeks. My price range topped out at around $200. I went to a guitar center to try out a few after coming up with a list of good candidates. DT770, AT M50's, and Senheiser HD 380's. Needless to say, the flat-ish 380 sounded best, to me. But after 10 minutes of listening at the store I hesitated to buy them as my head was already starting to hurt due to the massive amounts of pressure these things exert on my head... The DT770 felt so good, but sounded so bad (80 ohm). I wanted isolation for the times when I listen with people around, so I wasn't going to consider the open DT880 (which I can find used/refurb in my price range) and took home the 380's. But now that the area around my ears are sore after 3 days listening and can't stand them on my head longer than 15 minutes... I want to explore other options.
So I'm open to suggestions. The 770's felt great so I assume the 880's do too, will the sound match my expectations (250 ohm)? I don't want exaggerated bass- clear, even sound is what I want. I mainly listen to punk, alternative and art rock bands. I'm ok with open phones as I usually listen alone, and I can probably find some IEM's for travel etc. I'm fine with spending a little extra to get an amp as well (below $100) so keep that in mind. Let me know what you think, I only ask because I wont be able to try them out in person before hand...