Hello, and thank you for viewing my thread.
This evening I've been sitting for hours on end doing tons of research, and reading reviews of tons of products but cannot come to a final conclusion.
Price isn't a huge worry here. In my scenario; I doubt I'll need to spend more than $500 for a good pair of cans, but perhaps I'm wrong. Moving on; I currently own a pair of Audio Technica ATH-M50's. I absolutely love them—the sound has great depth and very healthy amount of bass. I don't feel the bass pushes my Mids and Highs out of the way either. There's a huge deal breaker though; comfort. After wearing these for hours at a time (even now as I type this thread), I feel achy pressure building up over time causing me to shift/re-position the headphones commonly throughout my sessions. If I could find these headphones with velour ear pads (albeit it would probably be semi-open), I would praise hallelujah! On another note, the main reason I'm looking to move on is because I've had these babies for about two years now. The padding isn't as.. well as padded as it once was. Definitely used a lot!
Now as one audiophile once told me; no headphone can do everything. Therefore I began by looking for headphones that would suit my needs best. Basically I use headphones for the computer a lot. Music tastes are quite wide, but I tend to lean towards drum and bass, trance, rock, and disco (?). I put the question mark there because as I look through my music list, it's quite vast with very sporadic choices. Best example is the song I'm listening to right now is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eT8KUy98w0 — modern disco perhaps?
Music choices aside, I am a gamer. I also use Skype a lot to openly communicate with teammates and/or friends. Throughout the time; music is constantly running of course, but my gaming sessions can go for around four hours at a time (womanly discretion) sometimes. I broadcast live on a gaming website as well. While I'm using the microphone for that, or to chat in general; I always have one earphone off so I can hear myself to make sure I'm not half-shouting. Therefore I learned that semi-open or open headphones would be ideal so I can keep both cans on, and still have a sense of ambience. Back to the computer part, the audio drivers in the PC are quite high offering tons of channel control as well. I haven't used Torent or anything of the sort since Limewire was a thing years ago in fear of quality loss, so anything to kinda "boost" sounds isn't ideal. Would you believe I actually buy music?!
Anyway, lastly I feel Audio Technica set some standards I never thought I'd have for headphones before. I recently attempted my local Bose store, and boy was that a mistake. Thank god they have return policies. A few pairs I'm looking at possibly purchasing are Sennheiser HD 558 or 598, and Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro. These aren't sold in local stores for me, or if they even did; I doubt return policies would participate with "testing" them all. I buy it but don't like it? Have to resell.
A quick recap in case I missed anything (mind is quite sore from all the information seeking (TL;DR)):
I'm a gamer, who uses his headphones exclusively on the computer.
I listen to tons of types of music; doesn't want "added" bass, but healthy amount.
Does a lot of talking via VoIP and like to hear myself speak while both cans are on.
COMFORT. Something very lightweight, soft, and not "pleather" (plastic leather).
Price; I don't mind spending more for quality as long as it's not "talked up".
Thank you so much for reading, and hope perhaps this website (which I got linked to a ton of times via Google when I was getting all the information) will be a great help for me personally through this thread. It's truly appreciated if any of you leave a comment behind, and I highly look forward to it. Have a great day/evening in the meantime