This is my first post here after taking several days to read through all of the articles relevant to my decision!
So to start off I am looking to put some money into a quality pair of headphones, they will be used in home at my desk, I will be running them through an Asus Xonar Essence STX sound card. The Budget for these will be around 250-300 with some wiggle room (I don't mind eating top ramen for a week if the quality makes that much of a difference)
The main focus of these headphones will be music, game sound is not a priority whatsoever and nothing I would want to factor into my decision. Its all about the music.
90% of the music they will be used for Is Jazz, Classical,Fuzion, and some Light Prog and some Very Light (and I mean like 2 album light Hip Hop Jazz). (Below are some reference points to show the spectrum of music that will be listened to, if you give it a listen and it sound amazing on a headset please let me know! :) )
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK3nYwxO9q8 Bobby Hutcherson: Til Then
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB2Z2DY17yQ&feature=kp Herbie Hancock: Dolphin Dance
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7Fux-gT1QU Soft Machine: Gesolreut + E P V
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apN0AXjJxQE Madlib: Slims Return
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpOTxxQYmks Johan Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concertos #2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FD5kTEf8Rd0 Frank Zappa: King Kong I-VI
These songs represent my entire sound spectrum of what I listen to (Sorry for so many I just want to be as specific on my sound tastes as possible)
As far as my sound tastes I like my music very very clean and clear but I am not opposed to hearing base, but I am anything but a basshead, I don't like the bass taking away from any of the sound but I do like to hear it when the music itself makes an emphasis on it.
I would definitely want them to be over hear headphones, I currently use a Corsair Vengeance 2000 headset and I like the feeling of it, it claims to be a closed back, so my experience would be with their version of a closed back, they will only be used in home at my desk and I do have three roommates and a girlfriend who likes to watch TV loud so anything that can make them go away is more attuned to what I would be looking for.
I have been reading reviews and researching for about a week nonstop and I have found these, however my selection is not limited to these:
http://www.amazon.com/Philips-X1-28-Over-Ear-Headphones/dp/B00B3QD94O Phillips Fidelio x1
One more thing, I saved this for last becuase its not something that is going to make me trade out sound quaity for it, but I really really like the more classic looking headphone like the Q701 or the Fidelio X1, but again, just a statement nothing that would sway a decision from better audio quality.
That was a bit long winded so I will stop, I hope this is enough information for you guys to offer up some more experienced opinions and suggestions if there is more information needed please let me know and thank you very much in advance for any help :)