Hey all! I'm Dreeb. I've been to this forum several times, just for researching purposes. Up until more recently, I've usually just googled things and one of the first options would be a thread on here. Now I peruse the forums constantly for information.
I'm a newbie to the audiophile world. I've been doing a great deal of research on headphones for my first set, but there's some many opinions and random reviews contradicting each other and ratings span from 3-5 with 3's being "good, but several problems". I love all the thorough reviews and input here, but being a newbie, it doesn't make it easy to narrow it down, haha.
I'm looking for over-ear headphones. I primarily listen to Rap, Dubstep, Trance, and then the rest just kind of trails. I love classical music, rock, folk, indie, some metal, and other sorts of stuff. Really just hate Country music. My price range is up to $300, with a little bit of wiggle room. I'm hoping to get some around that price with a portable amp like an E7, but I'm also having problems choosing the right amp with the correct phones. I know once I lock down the phones, it should make it easier to pick the right amp.
I'm primarily getting it portable in case I want to use them at the gym (which probably won't happen since getting sweat on my phones sounds terrible) and also because a majority of my listening will be at work, I don't want anything too big/expensive amp wise that it would get stolen. I rather have the portability to take the headphones and amp with me when I leave.
They'll also be my phones for flying (not common), road trips (semi-common), and listening to music once I get my gaming laptop in a couple of months. So comfort-ability over several hours is a huge plus.
These are the phones I've looked up extensively so far:
Beyerdynamic DT-990 250 Ohm Pro
Beyerdynamic DT-770 Pro Closed Studio (80 or 250, probably 80 since the bass is supposed to be better on them)
Sony MDR XB700
Ultrasone JFI 780
Ultrasone Pro 900 (probably too much, but worth consideration)
Side notes: I also love high quality merchandise. Not a huge fan of a ton of plastic or a "cheap" feel. I understand I'm not going to get the quality I would with top-notch Ultrasone, AKG, or some Denon's, but some attention to detail would be nice. I also have a fairly large head (7 3/4'' cap size) so anything that fits a bit tight probably won't work.
Edit: Also, I'd prefer a closed set or really good isolation. I don't work in the call center portion of the office, so it's fairly quiet where I sit. I don't really want the women sitting near me hearing about the thug life and how they're going to get shot (sarcasm).
Any help is much appreciated! I'm hoping to get into the scene more and hopefully one day I'll be able to write some legit reviews about some of these phones. :)
Edited by Dreeb - 9/27/13 at 4:19pm