First of all, greetings to you all! I'm so glad I found this website to be honest, because it has so many good reviews as much as useful info, or rather efficient info. Mad Lust Envy's guide was awesome. I've been having so many issues over the years when it gets down to the "ideal" headset for me. Now, I'm sorry to disappoint you, but I'm not a professional in this matter, nor do I own sophisticated or refined "ears", in the means of being able to distinguish certain musical notes. With this taken into consideration, you might just call me the average Joe who just loves music and maybe gaming from time to time. To start off with some useful info, I used to be a pretty keen guitar player, right until my university life started giving me trouble (I moved out to a dorm and haven't touched my poor Wildkat ever since).
I'm sorry for the offtopic above; getting back to the theme, I never seem to find the right headset for me, I'll start off with mentioning 80% of what I had so far: I started off with an ol' pair of Sennheisers, but at the time I was too young to realize how sophisticated they were and how they could shine, I just needed them for my Vox amp. Those were damn sturdy but unfortunately I think they gave up due to being 10 years old or something. After that I'm just gonna go through the rest: sennheiser pc 165 usb; plantronics audio 655 (I gave em to a friend and got back to the sennheisers shortly), creative soundblaster wow edition - GOD, those were so ****ty, that crystal sound was really bugging me, but after around 1 month of use as soon as I put them on one day they just gave up on me and the right joint literally cracked; steelseries siberia v2 7.1 - the sound was so damn good but they felt so uncomfortable to the point that the middle section of my year was literally in pain after 1 hr of use; logitech G930 wireless - my opinion on them would be something like "meh", 7.1 was good, the only problem is that they had been decomposing throughout the timespan of 2 years to the point that the inner plastic on the right fell off, the right "joint" was left open and it simply cracked right after, not to say there were times when the right earphone simply stopped responding, I had to play some of those bass heavy electro songs or how do you call it to make it work again, probably was a contact sort of problem; after that I gave up and got back to the PC165 but the poor thing's cable completely lost contact after around 8 years of use. So my last purchase was Sennheiser PC320, I was so sure they would be extremely comfy, even siberia v2 didn't do the job ! Unfortunately, my ear cartilage keeps bumping the inner side which is really solid and hurts, so I'll be requesting a refund by tomorrow, amazon seemed quite friendly on that.
I just can't seem to find that comfortable headset I can wear hours long, nothing seems to work out for me. I should also mention that my head is slightly bigger than average, and that would be the same for me ears as well, and they are so damn sensitive, and by that I mean that middle section which stands out the most, mainly the outer edge of the cartilage and around it, it just hurts after short periods of time after wearing headphones. So my conclusion would be that on-ear headphones really won't work out for me no matter how hard I try. The thing is that really big headphones would be too loose, and on-ear ones would be too tight on my ear, and either way my ears will just end up sore or the headset will just put too much pressure on my scalp if it's too lose (the latter was the reason I couldn't find the right position for the G930, it wasn't too bad but not good either). So I've been reading reviews and doing some serious googling over a few weeks, since I'm in university and don't have a job yet, I can't really on a big budget, christmas is approaching though and maybe I could push it to 140-150 euros, but for that price I hope the damn headset will live as long as my 165's. So far I've thought about Beyerdynamic DT 990 (hard decision as they are so expensive, they're in the professional audio section after all), Sennheiser HD558, HD598 (if it's really worth the difference). To be honest, since my ears aren't really trained to distinguish fine details as well as tone heightness, even if the guitar helped me a little, it's still not at that level; what I am most focusing on right now is comfort, price efficiency - as in how long they will last based on their price- and probably a little superiority in sound. I'm so tired of trying so many headsets, and then reaching the same conclusion: my ears just can't stand 'em. I'll probably be using them for music and a little bit of gaming (I'm not a hardcore gamer, but I do enjoy playing shooters and rpgs after a hard day -figuring out enemies' position in cs:go wouldn't be bad though-). I mostly listen to 80's rock, old fashioned jap rock, eurobeat and a little bit of dnb (veela's stuff mainly); if that helps. Bass isn't all that important, it's good to know it's there but I'm not a bass addict so I don't need it excessively.
As a last note, I've been using my laptop much more often since I'm away from home 80% of the time, so from what I've read, I'm gonna need an amp for the headsets mentioned right above, gonna try to save some funds over the time for that as well.
In case you've read this long-ass wall of text, thank you! I hope someone friendly enough is willing to give me some advice as I am at a loss right now !
P.S.: In-ear headphones are a no, just no.
EDIT: I might have missed some grammar mistakes, I'm really sorry if you find any, my English is not the best.
I also forgot to mention that I'd like open-headset suggestions, some vent through big pads seems better for me.
Edited by Hachiroku - 11/21/13 at 5:11am