Hey everyone. Thank you for being so helpful. I agree with Bee, and I am currently putting together a list of phones I like.
Now, in terms of sound. I should probably be a little more specific about bass. I do like bass. I want to hear the bass. I like punchy bass. A lot of the music I listen is fast and needs it. Alot of the music I listen to is not and also the slower stuff tends to have the down-tuned guitars, so the bass winds up sounding like garbage on most cans, and I am always terrified I am going to break them. These 2 examples aren't slow, but they do give a great example of the lows I want to be able to hear clearly, without getting distortion
"rots of ****" by Katalepsy
"Bleached Bones" by Marduk
I don't listen to that stuff a lot, though. I find my musical taste evolving quite a lot. Here is a good sample of what I listen to regularly.
Mournful Congregation "white cold wrath of burnt frozen blood" sounds very sad, and it is. MC is not cheerful. But it's beautiful music. The music is almost like despair manifest. It sounds like the shock of sudden loss. I always picture A whale being harpooned, and the calf calling out while her mother is pulled aboard a whaling vessel. The first half is the harpooning, and about 8:45 seconds in the rest of the picture becomes fairly vivid.
I mention that only so you guys get an understanding. I'm left handed, right-brain dominant [vivid imagination] . When I listen to music, it's not just pleasant sound to me. It's vital existence and the nourishment my consciousness needs. I've noticed this the past week without phones.
So, I am going to be spending some money. I deserve it. I really do, for a personal reason. My spouse won't mind because I just got some good news, so I can safely spend a bit of money.
ARTISTS TO CONSIDER
VIRGIN BLACK "midnight hymn" from Mezzo Forte [the one with strings, not electric guitars]
"of your beauty" is very jarring, chaotic, and relentless. It's all piano and it's quite impressive.
"the motion makes me last" don't even get me going here, this is the best song I've ever heard.
also lambent material
Nick Drake "road"
Elliot Smith "Angeles" and "Condor Ave"
Wolves in the Throne Room
"woodland cathedral" and "I will lay down my bones among the roots and rocks"
Wormed "tunnel of ions"
Ulver "bergtatt....any track"
and also "Kveldssanger"
Steve Roach - trance spirits [this must be incredible with good phones.]
Animals Killing People
Paul Baribeau (i knowwww)
If these trees could talk
That sums it up. Something not too bulky but durable, with a sound even resembling what I've described, is good. Remember it's going through an Ipod.
Edited by darwinvsjesus - 1/18/13 at 4:51pm