I want to make it clear I'm not that much of an audiophile, and am still pretty unfamiliar with many intricacies of sound design, but in the past year, I've become far more aware of what to expect out of music quality, especially with being a member of what.cd for the past 2 years. For sometime, I've been using Klipsch Image One Premium On-Ear Earphones- I've gone through multiple pairs of them, but I've finally gotten sick of the brand, mainly due to background noise. I guess what really drove me over edge was my power supply going out- the fan was absolutely insufferable at times, but even buying a new, green power supply and even removing my graphics card hasn't helped much in a general sense. The fan sound is easily blocked out most of the time, but when a track progresses to softer, lower volume, it can be hard to differentiate between the track and the fan, and it's just distracting at times. Not to mention I feel like the fan actually causes a vague vibration in the headphones themselves.
On top of this, I basically threw out my back a few years ago, and still suffer from it- I often twitch and have to stretch out because it acts up on me, and noises like that easily creep into my headphones. While that's doubtful going to be a permanent thing, I also have to deal with the sound of the wire, the movement of the headphones themselves, body movements in general, and especially the keyboard- I've gotten a point where I type slowly or try to avoid typing altogether while listening. I'd love to cancel all of this out, but at the same time, I'm concerned about hearing family members and such- not hearing when family members call out for me has been a major issue for sometime, to the point where they have to bang on the ceiling below my room, and getting a pair that's too good at cancelling noise would make them have to come in my room to let me know of anything.
As for the sort of music I listen to, I genuinely can't say what I expect out of a pair in terms of genres- I seldom stick with a single genre, style or artist for long, but I will say that I value differentiation between instruments and sound sources, especially when there's a wide range of sources playing at once at a very high density. And with the kind of background noise I've been experiencing, I've been avoiding lengthy, low-key minimalist tracks (such as certain drone or ambient pieces) altogether, even though I've listened to those fairly often before. I've never really experimented with high price headphones like I have recently, and the Klipsch pair I have simply doesn't compare to what I've really been looking for. The pair I've mainly had in mind are the V-Moda Crossfade M-100's, and they gave an organic, surround sound experience I've never come close to on the Klipsch pair. But then I've been reading that the V-Moda's aren't the best for home use, and I'm not so sure now. I rarely listen to music out anymore, and when I do, it's mainly in the car, and the car I often ride passenger in is old and has lots of outside sound filtering in. So home use is my main focus, but mobile usage is a consideration as well. I guess you could say I'm looking for a pair that's well rounded in terms of properly presenting sounds, genres, styles etc.
One other concern of mine is volume, in that I'm worried about keeping a balance without hurting my ears so I don't have to constantly readjust it. I don't know if this is too specific, but I've listened to a fair amount of harsh noise music as of late, and as much as I enjoyed this album (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ejaculation_Generater), I actually felt a little nauseous after listening to it, so I can just imagine what it'd be like with a better pair. As a less extreme example, I've often used the progression at :13-15 in this song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPhIvFQ-MyU) as an indicator of what my sound quality settings are at, and it being genuinely piercing is a good indicator of things being in the right order. But it doesn't sound piercing at all now, so I'm wondering if my headphones are going out or there's some other sound issue.
Edited by Mosstrekker192 - 2/2/14 at 6:14pm