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I'm in the market for some (full-size, preferably) headphones in the range of $80 to $120, but I can go up to $150 if need be. I'm primarily looking for headphones that provide a comfortable and great sounding listening experience. I will be mostly listening at home, but the headphones should be durable enough to carry around occasionally as well.

 

Basically, I have no idea what headphone type I favor, so I'm open to suggestions as to what type is best for me. I tend to listen to classic rock, punk, or bass-heavy genres, and I would likely be using the headphones for mostly sub 320 kbits/s audio in music and games. I also play bass and guitar so it would be nice to be able to have good quality for monitoring on occasion.

 

I don't have a decent separate amplifier for the headphones as I either listen to my iPhone's or iPad's analog output or my new laptop's decent sound card USB and line out, and I would prefer to spend the extra money on the headphones now. I can get an amplifier in the coming year or so if need be.

 

Currently, I'm looking at the Shure SRH440 and the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 for good closed headphones ideal for monitoring. The Grado SR 60i and 80i look nice as well, but they are open style so maybe they wouldn't work out well for monitoring near any mics. I'm open to suggestions as to what headphones to get, but I would prefer to have full size headphones.

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JVC HA-S680 folding on-ear headphones, $81.

They are so "special" that you can only mail order them from Japan.

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Those JVCs look pretty nice. I've had a good experience with my previous on-ear headphones before, so just as long as they're comfortable I'll definitely consider them.

 

Is there significant time spent burning them in? I haven't actually burned in headphones before, so could I use programs online for burning in?

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Those JVCs look pretty nice. I've had a good experience with my previous on-ear headphones before, so just as long as they're comfortable I'll definitely consider them.

 

Is there significant time spent burning them in? I haven't actually burned in headphones before, so could I use programs online for burning in?

Should at least do a few over nighters.

For my breaking in, I like to pump Metal at a little higher volume then normal volume, over night.

Please read up on as many reviews I you can find on the HA-S680, I know I have biased opinions about headphones I have never used (I do own the HA-S500s).

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Most of the reviews I've read on those are very positive. The only complaints I've seen in any review is that they're on-ear, but I might replace with larger pads so that doesn't matter. They'll definitely be at or near the top of my list.

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