I looked for help on my usual (French) forums before deciding to register here and ask.
SHORT VERSION :
I'm looking for a pair od headphones that are just as good (soundwise) as the HD380 but more confortable (the Sennheiser are too tight for me) and also more portable so that I can listen to music outside withtout looking like a dork.
LONG VERSION :
I've been looking for headphones for the last months when my newly sound educated ear is getting more and more annoyed by the crappy sound delivering systems i'm feeding it (the quality of the audio files might also factor in somewhat). I've been using in-ear for years now but I want to move up and get some good stuff. Now to the second point.
I'm an amateur filmmaker, I make short movies with friends for fun and hoping to get better and to deliver some kick-ass stuff later on. The first few years, I wall all about the picture, the camera, the lighting, the grading and whatnot. The first time I encountered sound was on my first "serious" shoot when I plugged an MK400 Sennheiser microphone on my camera and thought it would be enough to get good sound. Oh God, was I ever more wrong on something ? Ever since, I learned (mostly the hard way) how "sound is half the experience" in a movie. Today, I'm much more aware of sound design and sound mixing (although to a much later extent than the former), maybe even too much as I'm now the one who drives the rest of the crew crazy about how good I want my sound. Anyway, although I've no desire into becoming a sound designer or mixer, I want to put my fingers in it. I want to experiment and learn the basics of sound post-production on my next movie projects.
The headphones I'm looking for would have to suit both need (portable music and "studio quality-ish" (please keep in mind I'm far from being anywhere near as audiophile as you guys are)). All that being said, last week I impulsively ordered the Sennheiser's HD380, thinking they would do the trick. And I was wrong : the HD380 are far from being portable (size, weight, cable) and they apply a good deal of pressure on my ears which I find uncomfortable. I understand that headphones do loosen up given some time but I also understand that Sennheiser is knows for their tight headphones. BUT, soundwise... I don't think I'm exaggerating when I'm saying that I had an orgasmic feeling when I put them on and played some CD quality lossless uncompressed music (Fault lines, by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan for the curious). I had a dumb smile on my face as I was discovering how rich sound can be. Suddenly I understood what words I read in reviews like "sound stage" really meant. It was obvious, right there in my ear, so much joy !
But, as much as I liked that, the drawbacks are still there so I'm sending the 380s back and I'm start the search all over again for a pair of headphones that deliver a sound just as good as the 380s but with the added portability and comfort (and preferably within the same price range).
Thank you for reading guys, I'll leave it up to you now.
Edited by Khayam - 9/28/13 at 5:32am