I have some Sennheiser HD 555s that I think I bought in 2000. The foam padding is flat, the plastic is starting to separate, and finally the left side completely cut out. So I guess it's time to replace them.
I'm a developer, and I sit in a cube in front of a computer and listen to headphones probably 5 or 6 hours/day at work. And recently I've been using Sennheiser MM 400s -- little bluetooth headphones that are pretty uncomfortable. I miss my 555s. They sounded better, but I miss how comfortable they were just as much as I miss the sound. My work is reasonably quiet, and I don't really crank the music up, so the open design isn't a problem, and I think it sounds better.
I listen to Pandora One most of the time. It's 192K AAC, and the quality is really good for streaming audio, but I still question how reasonable it is to buy headphones that cost more than $100. I listen to a lot of symphonic music. My main Pandora channels are Geminiani, Ulrich Schnauss, Aphex Twin ... some Kate Earl, Zero 7. Mostly relaxing stuff, and I like the idea of a big soundstage and just an open, good sound that's not fatiguing ... but sometimes I also like to listen to Tool, Machine Head, and a lot of classic rock/metal, so I'd like something all-around decent. But I don't want something muddy and bass-heavy.
And I spend a couple hours every day just listening to geek podcasts. So I don't need $500 headphones. It's streaming radio and podcasts all day on my phone (Nexus 4), and the quality isn't perfect, so I worry that some really high-end headphones would just be a waste. I could get an amp, but the source is still gonna be my phone.
So, I'm looking at the Audio Technica ATH-AD900. That looks really comfortable, and it's supposed to be a step up from the 555s. Seems reasonable for $180. The AKG K701s look pretty cool and retro, but that's a silly reason to spend another $80.
I just remembered I've got some PortaPros that I should probably be using instead of the Sennheiser MM 400s...
Anyway, I'm just looking for any general opinions. I guess I'm looking for super-comfortable open headphones that aren't fatiguing and wouldn't be wasted listening to 192K AAC audio on a phone. Would the AD900s be wasted listening to Pandora and podcasts all day? I doubt I should be considering anything better, although I'm open to the idea of spending more since I listen to headphones many hours per day. Anything I'm missing that I should be considering? Should I just stick with the PortaPros?