My name is Samuel, and I am a 19 year old university student majoring in Psychology with minors in music theory, dance, and creative writing. Music listening has been a particularly large portion of my life - I spend most of my waking hours doing so, with at least some time dedicated each day to just listening to new pieces. I am about 18 months into teaching myself piano, coming from playing upright\electric bass and flute. I've got an ear for pretty much all music; I have a particular love for metal core\core in general, but I also enjoy some oldschool funk, post-rock, industrial \ vast assortment of non-US music, in addition to neo-classical music and the baroque period. I also spend a fairly large amount of time listening to piano arrangements of various works.
That being said, now that I am in college, I spend a lot of time at a desk \ computer. The vast majority of my classwork consists of writing papers - I am at a computer close to two hours a day. Thus, I have decided that a pair of quality headphones would be a nice investment. I use a pair of Klipsch s4's for buds, but all three pairs I have had broke within a month of use - I am not sure what I do to them. That is part of my desire fro a pair of over ear phones; they'd be something that sit at my desk, and do not move.
Granted, I AM a broke college kid. I have been saving up for a few months, and I have roughly $200.00 free to spend. I was planning to pick up both a DAC and a pair of over-ear phones, but I am not particularly sure what I should be looking for. I have spent about a week researching, and have not came up with very much at all.
So, what do you guys think? I was looking at a DAC because my Cowon player recently died, so I can only listen through a laptop with a miserable soundcard at the moment. Would it be more beneficial to scrap the $100 I was planning to spend on a DAC and put it towards a better set of headphones? What are your guys' recommendations?
Thanks so much for any opinions you might have! Let me know if I can be more specific about something.
Here are some samples of what generally represents my music preferences: