Greetings Head-Fi community!
While searching the internet this site has constantly appeared as a respectable and resourceful source of information, I hope to tap into that knowledge this evening.
I am in need of 2 very different pairs of headphones. The first of which is perhaps the easier of the two to suggest so I'd like to start there. My current headphones (Labtec Elite 830 third pair!) have all but worn out, and I wish to replace them and trade up. I am looking for as similar a pair of headphones as possible: extremely comfortable for extended use, over ear, open/closed back (I confess I am not sufficiently knowledgeable in the matter to know which these are), etc etc. My primary use is gaming, video, and music on the computer—nothing in particular needs any special treatment (bass etc). I'd like to spend <$160.
The second pair is much more specific. My grandfather is getting quite old and is having a very hard time hearing the television (one of his only sources of entertainment). Complicating the matter, he is almost deaf in one ear. This pair of headphones would need to have individual volume adjustments for each ear so that he can attempt to balance out the volume by increasing the volume to his bad ear, while leaving his good ear alone. Additionally he is having difficulty understanding some words, so a pair that emphasizes vocal clarity would be great (if it's ideal for watching Downton Abbey on PBS then all the better). These headphones should be able to connect to a television, be wireless, cover the ear, and NOT mute the television while in use (grandma needs to hear as well!). He has a pair of TV Ears that sit unused, without individual volume adjustment he's still only getting to use one ear. The budget here is a little more flexible, as this is a huge quality of life purchase, I'm willing to spend more.
I look forward to taking my first step toward quality headphones and any help, suggestions, or pointers would be simply fantastic.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.