Hello, I'm new here although I've been reading along for some time before making this account.
My situation, I'm new to the 'audiophile' world. I don't own good headphones, only got some cheap in-ears (Sony MDR-EX50LP) for my phone.
My tv is connected to an Onkyo TX-NR579 receiver with the Jamo S426 HCS 3 Surround Speakerset. And I have the Logitech Z4 for my PC.
I don't own an amp and I also not really have budget for it at the moment.
My budget for the headphone is around 150 euro. So far I've been reading buying guides and a lot of reviews.
I want use it mainly for listening music on my pc but also for watching movies/series on my tv and playing games on my Xbox 360.
I listen to almost all genres of music but mainly electronic dance music and hiphop. I don't have flac files but mainly 320kbps mp3 files (and also lower because not all the songs i like are easy to find in better quality).
The first choice I had to make is to go for an open or closed headphone. Although I'm not living alone, i choice open at first. Mainly because the better sound quality and I'm only using it at home. The sound leakage isn't perfect but not such a big problem.
After some reading I had 5 options left:
Sennheiser HD558 & HD598 (145 euro / 190 euro)
Audio Technica ATH-AD900 (not available in The Netherlands, can buy it on Ebay for about 175 with taxes I think)
Philips Fidelio L1 & X1 (135 euro / 165 euro)
The Sennheisers and Audio Technica easily got more positive reviews compared to the Philips. Because the Audio Technica unavailability here I decided to choice the Sennheiser HD 598. But after reading more reviews i began to doubt again. Mainly because of the bass. According to the reviews there isn't much bass on the HD558 and HD598. I don't think i'm a 'basshead' but because of my preference for electronic dance music and hiphop this maybe isn't the best choice. I also read the headphones are much better when amped, also not a positive point for me at the moment.
I began searching for new options and found:
Sennheiser Momentum (170 euro)
I understand the bass is better in closed headphones so i started looking for closed options too. The price of the Momemtum is pretty good here. Many good reviews. But... Why buy a portable headphone for use at home? And isn't the sound of the HD 598 much better?
I'm kinda clueless now. What to choice? The more reviews I read now the more unsure I get in choosing the right headphone. It's difficult to try the different options around here and because i'm totally new to the headphone world probably all options sound great at first.
I really could use some advise here!