Originally Posted by Professorclown
Basically I am getting my brother a pair of decent headphones for his 20th birthday. He listens to exclusively rock/punk. Max budget is 150 dollars. What it is looking like is Audio-Technica ATH-M50m, or Grado SR80i. I was wondering if there were any other suggestions. He won't be using these for mobile use, he will be mounted to his desktop. However he is there for long periods of time so comfort is a huge factor and I heard the Grados are an issue in that regards which is why I am leaning towards the ATH M50 right now.
Appreciate any help
If comfort is paramount, the Grado's are probably not a safe buy without letting him try them first. The M50, well, I would avoid that, you're over-paying for a rather average headphone there and I wouldn't get it for rock/punk anyways, or any music for that matter, but that's just my opinion.
Here's some suggestions:
Beyer DT770 PRO (any ohm version that is near your budget)
Ultrasone HFI 780
Ultrasone PRO 750 (if on sale or near your budget)
AudioTechnica A700X or A900X (if either are near the budget)
Sony MA900 (just a touch over budget, but would be really well worth it)
AKG K240 MKII
AKG K271 MKII