Hey there, I'm looking for a pair of good starting headphones.
I primarily listen to indie and alternative rock, but the sound varies from fast paced, guitar driven songs (The Strokes) to acoustic, folksy stuff (Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens), to instrumental post rock (Mogwai).
Some of the bands I listen to:
The Strokes, The National, Bon Iver, Volcano Choir, Sufjan Stevens, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Mogwai, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Arcade Fire, Muse, Band of Horses, Angus & Julia Stone
I'm looking for something that handles guitars well, both acoustic and electric. I do enjoy having "thumpy" bass, something that makes the bass drum and bass guitar have resonance and power, but not so much that it overpowers the guitar. I am also looking for something that separates the instruments well, as I enjoy picking out the individual parts.
I will primarily be using them straight out of my macbook, as I do not currently have the budget for an amp as well. I am open to the idea of purchasing an amp in the future, but this is not certain and I think it's best the run under the assumption that I will not be using these headphones with an amp.
I also play guitar, so I will be looking to plug these into my Line 6 Pod, so that i can play at night without making a ruckus. This is not a high priority, and I do not need the headphones to be brilliant at handling the output from the Pod. All I need is that it works.
The headphones will primarily be used at home, so portability is not a key issue. They might get some use on long train/plane rides but this isn't a priority.
Comfort is a high priority for me. I know the Grado SR80i is highly regarded for the type of music i listen to, but I simply cannot take supra-aural headphones. I listen to music for many hours at a stretch so comfort is important. I'm looking for something circum-aural, large, with pads that do not heat up and cause sweating after several hours of use.
Open vs Closed
I am fine with both Open and Closed headphones, whichever fits the sound I'm looking for. Many of the cans I've seen at this price point are closed, but if there's something good that's open, that's fine with me
What I'm Interested in
I've been snooping around and these are the headphones that I'm interested in.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50 - Seems to fit the bill, but I've read that they're surpassed by newer cans and the leather pads might be a heat issue.
Beyerdynamic DT770 - Leaning towards these personally. I like the velour pads on these, but I am unclear on whether I should get the 80ohm or the limited edition 32ohm, and I'm not sure how they sound.
AKG K271 Mkii - Worry that the sound might be too neutral, and the need for an amp
I live in the UK, so I suspect that German/European made headphones are slightly cheaper here compared to Japanese or American ones, but I might be wrong on that. Regardless, I'm looking for something around the £100-£150 price range.