Been trying to avoid making my own post on anything, as there's usually always someone else in the same situation as I am.
This isn't the case this time it looks like though.
I'm looking for my first "real" pair of headphones. Open, closed, doesn't matter, however I'm not interested in IEMs for right now.
Noise-leakage isn't an issue, as I have an office to myself at work, and listening at home is my own business.
Comfort, however, is a large deal. I don't mind sort of uncomfortable headphones, but I'd rather not have sandpaper on my ears for 8 hours.
My budget is fairly open, as I'm a believer of getting what you pay for. But if there's headphones that you guys think will match my needs for less than my top budget, by all means suggest them.
I've read a lot about Sennheiser 558, 598 and 600 and what most people say is that they aren't as 'fast'.
I've read about the ATH m50's and it seems like they just aren't on the same level as other headphones.
The Grado 225i's seem like they'd be good, but I just can't see how even with modding they'd be comfortable enough to wear for more than 30 minutes.
I listen to a mixture of music, but my "home" is metal.
I'll list a few specific examples:
(Helloween: I'm alive) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiZoGwXcP50
(Avantasia: Sign of the cross) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hd5wkamIwPU
(Avantasia: The Scarecrow) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-PkfKZAT6E
(Hammerfall: Hammerfall) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uawjxsil9yM
Bonus round (Nine inch nails: sin) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEWdjtMmqGo
I've been in the headphone market since early August, but I just cant pull the trigger with this much uncertainty.