Hi, I'm trying to get a pair of closed headphones. I've searched for other recommendation threads but I feel like I have a particular set of preferences that might result in some unique recommendations.
I'm not planning to use an amp with them at all. This is a pretty firm point for me.
I mostly listen to classic rock and EDM, though I dabble in rap, classical, and other genres as well.
Durability is very important. I'm a clumsy and often absent-minded student, and these things will be going in and out of my backpack (I'm open to using a case) a lot and I definitely don't want something I need to be very delicate with. A lot of my stuff tends to break.
I have IEMs (they're good but I don't particularly like them in any way, so I'll leave out the model to avoid prejudicing your recommendations) before but I'm frustrated with the lack of comfort and I end up only using them in scenarios where full-size headphones would be equally or more convenient. I have a strong preference for around the ear headphones. On-ear headphones make my ears hurt quickly.
I know that I want closed backs because they'll get a lot of use in the library and other communal spaces where open headphones would just be rude to use.
Full-size vs portable is not very important to me. My backpack is spacious and I don't put much in it.
As for price, 300 is a hard cap. I would really prefer to go as low as possible. If there's a sub-$100 headphone that is 80% as good as the $300 one, I'd buy the sub-$100. I'm very willing to compromise on durability for a much lower price.
I hope I've been descriptive enough of what I'm looking for. I'd really appreciate any recommendations that you guys have.
Edited by PalmTree - 12/4/13 at 10:53am