I'm going to be buying my first pair of "real" headphones soon. I've done a fair amount of research, including 2 posts on head-fi, and I think I've come to a conclusion. I think I'm going to go with the Sennheiser HD 558s. Budget is about $150. I'll mostly be using them for music. 70% music/netflix, 30% games. Don't need to be portable. They'll be hooked up to my PC. Don't care about open or closed. Don't care about sound leakage. I listen to just about every genre except country.
Some concerns I have with the 558s:
- Lack of Bass. I don't really think I'm a basshead, but I do listen to some dubstep. I'm concerned they might not have enough bass for me. I don't think I need much bass, but I am wondering just how bad it is.
- Being too laid back. I hear the 558s are very laid back and the headphones aren't fun. I primarily listen to music to enjoy myself.
But remember, this is also coming from someone who has only ever listened to gaming headsets. The best headphones I've listened to would probably be the Razer Carcharias
Bonus Question: Am I going to need to get an Amp/DAC/Sound Card with some headphones? I'm not really keen on spending 75% of the price of the headphones on other things. At that point, I think it'd be best to get better headphones.