This is my first time posting on this website. I've visited before, and used a lot of information on here to help guide me on buying some headphones. I ended up getting the k551, because it satisfied all of my criteria, as flexible as they may be. The only things I really cared about was high quality sound, for various music (metal, rock, some classical, post-rock) as well as gaming (like BF3 or other surround sound games), and closed back; the closed back thing was important to me because I plan on perhaps going out and about with my headphones, for example to a library, and I didn't want the sound leak to be too disruptive.
So I decided on the k551, because it was only five dollars more than the k550 and had a mic. When I got them, I was certainly blown away by the sound, though there were some issues with my Realtek Audio Manager which I might address in a different post. Unfortunately, I came to discover that wearing them for long periods of time was really uncomfortable. I feel like my ears can't "breathe," and the discomfort is sort of a deal breaker for me. It just gets too hot and stuffy pressing into my ears.
My reason for posting is that I'm probably going to return them, which sucks. However, I want to get something along the same lines, but just more comfortable. If it is open back but somehow magically doesn't leak sound, that would be ideal as well, but all you really need to know is that
1. I game, so a pair that would allow for good surround would be ideal.
2. I listen to rock, metal, post-rock, and classical, and I like to be able to hear the intricacies of the music.
3. I plan on sometimes being outside of my home and don't want to disturb others with the sound leak.
4. I need something more comfortable to wear for extended periods of time.
Oh and my budget is around $200. Something else that drew me to the k551 was how it didn't seem to need an amp or anything. But if I am to reduce the headphones price to accommodate an amp, that's okay with me; I'm looking to find something that I won't have to replace for a long time.
If there are some open back phones that fit everything besides the sound leak, I suppose that is okay. I don't know if open means less stuffiness or something, but if so, I think I'll take that over the closed. Thanks for the help.
Edited by CyDe29 - 3/18/14 at 6:46pm