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Looking for first pair of high quality circumaural headphones. ($100-200)

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Greetings, 

 

While pondering over the past few weeks, I've come to the conclusion that i want to invest in a good pair of circumaural, closed back headphones. However, with the amount of headphones in my price range and my lack of knowledge, I am at a stand still. My price range is anything up to $200, preferably between $100-$150. Since Christmas is close, I figured this would be a good time to scour around for the right pair. Comfort is also high on the list, as I expect to wear these headphones for long periods of time. 

 

A number of headphones have caught my eyes. The Audio-Technica M50's and M-Audio Q40's were particular peaks of interest. However, given the range of music I listen to, I feel a more neutral set of headphones may be more beneficial. However, I could also be wrong. 

 

Music I listen to:

 

Rock (including indie, folk, punk/garage, alternative, hard, and classical)

Electronic/Electronica

Rap

Hip/Hop

Classical (less than the other genres)

Folk

 

Finally, I expect to use these headphones while in my dorm and while I commute from class to class by train/bus, so portability isn't an issue for me.  

 

I would greatly appreciate any insight from those of you who are much more experienced than I am regarding this subject.

 

 

Thanks, 

Anthony

 

 

(Update)- Another pair that has peaked my interest recently was the Shure SRH440 or the SRH840.


Edited by AnthonyDE - 12/16/13 at 8:48pm
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Both M50s and Q40 are not comfortable for long-time listening. Do you wear glasses?

 

 

Consider Sennheiser HD439. They do sound good for the price and very comfortable. Only problem is that they are warm and laid-back that do not fit into genre you are listening too.

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If you haven't already pulled the trigger on a pair of headphones, razerdogaudio is having a sale for the AKG K545 to $200. seems to meet your requirements tho I haven't heard em before. closed & portable. should be a solid step-up from the headphones currently on your list if they are similar to the AKG K550 that I've heard.

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