After over 6 years of almost daily use my Audio-Technica ATH-A700 is definitely showing its age with a broken head wing/rest, worn and flaky earpads and one of the cups being held together by tape. Since it still works perfectly even with its Frankenstein-esque body I'll probably continue to use it occasionally, but I believe it's time to get something new to use as my main pair and I decided to use this opportunity to get something a bit better. I'm thinking about spending between $200.00 - $300.00 on this.
I like the isolation its closed-back design offered, but I've been leaning more towards an open-back model since they supposedly sound better (plus the one time I had an opportunity to directly compare the ATH-A700 with the ATH-AD700 I preferred the latter, but that unfortunately was after I bought the former).
I'll mainly use it on my PC with an ASUS Xonar DX sound card and occasionally on my Yamaha RX-V675 receiver. I'd say 70% of the time I'll be listening to music on it (Mostly classic rock, heavy metal, MPB and classical music - In CDs or 320kbs MP3s since I've few albums in FLAC) but I'm still looking for something that can work reasonably well for games and movies.
The ATH-AD900X instantly caught my eye since I've had a great experience with Audio-Technica so far (Besides the A700 I also have a pair of ATH-CKM77 earbuds) and I think the head wing design is super comfortable, but I'm not married to the brand and will happily buy something made by Sennheiser, AKG or whoever else as long as it's good.
By the way: Comfort is a priority since I tend to use headphones for hours on end. Oh, and sturdy construction is preferable since I'm pretty sure I've spent at least $50.00 replacing the A700's flaky earpads over the years and that was pretty annoying. I know I probably won't find a pair made with wood and sheep skin in my price range, but it would be nice if it was better than the plastic and pleather found in my current model.
There are no good headphone stores around here so I'll have to import them from the US, meaning I won't have the opportunity to test them before I commit. So I'm trusting you guys to steer me in the right direction.
Edited by buemba - 3/14/14 at 2:25pm