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Over the past few years I've purchased several different headphones/earphones where my primary priority was comfort, but all of the ones I've used irritate my ears (sometimes enough to break skin and bleed a little if I wear them long enough [ > ~5-6 hours straight]) and I cannot bear to wear them for more than a few minutes at a time. I don't remember all of the exact models, but I purchased ones suggested by the Head-Fi community. A couple of the ones I do remember are the AKG K601 or 701s and Jays q-Jays. I would probably recognize the ones I used if I saw them or the name. I'm looking to spend maybe <$500 for comfortable earphones (or headphones, but IEM preferred). I don't care much about anything else. If they are noise-cancellation/isolation, that's a plus too since I would like to wear them for several hours just for the silence. But this is not a requirement. My #1 priority is the comfort.

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The single most comfortable headphone I've ever worn is the Sennheiser HD800.

 

It feels like it is simply not on your head.

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can you elaborate on which aspects of which phones you found uncomfortable?... and (gasp) caused you to bleed?  You just might have an unusual head / ear shape.

 

fwiw (and I almost cringe to say this)... my most comfy cans are my Bose AE2.  They are also my worst sounding by far... very congested midrange, with some very off-putting resonances and grainy treble to the max.  But I can wear them for hours on end with no discomfort.  Every one of my other cans I need to take off every hour or so to let my ears breathe a little.

 

my koss KSC75 earclips are also equally comfy.  I can wear these for hours as well, with the earhooks bent properly for a loser fit.  Sonically they blow away the AE2... but the 75s are technically not "cans", and definitely do not isolate at all.

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can you elaborate on which aspects of which phones you found uncomfortable?... and (gasp) caused you to bleed?  You just might have an unusual head / ear shape.

 

fwiw (and I almost cringe to say this)... my most comfy cans are my Bose AE2.  They are also my worst sounding by far... very congested midrange, with some very off-putting resonances and grainy treble to the max.  But I can wear them for hours on end with no discomfort.  Every one of my other cans I need to take off every hour or so to let my ears breathe a little.

 

my koss KSC75 earclips are also equally comfy.  I can wear these for hours as well, with the earhooks bent properly for a loser fit.  Sonically they blow away the AE2... but the 75s are technically not "cans", and definitely do not isolate at all.

For earphones, after a while it feels sore on the inside of my ear. Not the actual canal that the earphones go into, but around the entry point (I think is called the external meatus?). The area gets red and feels sore/painful and if I leave my earphones in, I think the chafing might cause the skin break/bleed. Not sure exactly, but all I know is that there's a little blood when it hurts more than usual. The pain is tolerable enough for me to keep wearing them, but it's rather annoying to deal with it.

 

For headphones, it's the part near my jaws and also the bone part behind my ear that gets sore. I've never bled from this before, but it's really irritating and I have to keep massaging the areas to lessen the pain. Again, tolerable but highly annoying. I also wear glasses if that makes a difference at all.

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can you elaborate on which aspects of which phones you found uncomfortable?... and (gasp) caused you to bleed?  You just might have an unusual head / ear shape.

 

fwiw (and I almost cringe to say this)... my most comfy cans are my Bose AE2.  They are also my worst sounding by far... very congested midrange, with some very off-putting resonances and grainy treble to the max.  But I can wear them for hours on end with no discomfort.  Every one of my other cans I need to take off every hour or so to let my ears breathe a little.

 

my koss KSC75 earclips are also equally comfy.  I can wear these for hours as well, with the earhooks bent properly for a loser fit.  Sonically they blow away the AE2... but the 75s are technically not "cans", and definitely do not isolate at all.

Are the 75s you're talking about the ones that are $10 on Amazon?

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Over the past few years I've purchased several different headphones/earphones where my primary priority was comfort, but all of the ones I've used irritate my ears (sometimes enough to break skin and bleed a little if I wear them long enough [ > ~5-6 hours straight]) and I cannot bear to wear them for more than a few minutes at a time. I don't remember all of the exact models, but I purchased ones suggested by the Head-Fi community. A couple of the ones I do remember are the AKG K601 or 701s and Jays q-Jays. I would probably recognize the ones I used if I saw them or the name. I'm looking to spend maybe <$500 for comfortable earphones (or headphones, but IEM preferred). I don't care much about anything else. If they are noise-cancellation/isolation, that's a plus too since I would like to wear them for several hours just for the silence. But this is not a requirement. My #1 priority is the comfort.

PXC450 isn't a bad headphone, not too heavy, large earpad and decent noise cancellation system.

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