I'm new to the forum. I'm not exactly a rookie when it comes to high quality headphones, but I've been out of the game for a while and looking to get back in. I was hoping some of the more seasoned Head-Fi veterans could give me some recommendations on where to start.
First off (and as my avatar might suggest), the majority of my music is metal. I've got Dio, Maiden, Slayer, Sabbath, Children of Bodom, all the way to more obscure stuff like Mors Principium Est, Noumena and Disarmonia Mundi. The point is I like a lot of different sub-genres of metal. But at the same time, I also like less intense music, such as Killers, Genesis, Steely Dan, etc. For reference, Queen is by far my favorite band. In summary, my musical preference is all over the place.
I currently have two pairs of headpones; Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro (80 ohm version) and Sennheiser Momentum. I like the overall sound signatures of both of these headphones, though I find the Momentum uncomfortable over long listening sessions (they don't really fit over my ears). The Beyers are extremely comfortable, but at times I feel like the sound leaves something to be desired. Gotta love the base, though. Both of these are currently connected to a Pioneer Elite VSX-94TXH receiver, which in turn is fed from the optical digital ouput of my computer. Probably not the most elegant setup, but it works for me.
I guess what I'm looking for at this point is a nice pair of closed, over-the-ear headphones under $500 that will work well with my modest setup and sound good with rock and metal. Any suggestions?