I am looking to enter into the audiophile world. I'm hoping to find as nice a pair of headphones as possible in the Used Market for around $300, as that fits well into my budget and allows me room to purchase a nice Amp and possibly DAC to pair with them. I will likely have a microphone added to this setup for skype chat.
I'm aware that sound preferences are extremely subjective so I'm not looking for a "these are the best" answer but more of I will try my best to accurately describe my limited experience and wants/needs. I've been researching a ton which is what led me to narrowing it down to these options, though I may have missed a few options here and there. It is difficult to find reliable information because there's a lot of "I bought this so it is the greatest" logic out there. I am looking to learn in addition to making a great purchase that I will enjoy so I greatly encourage a detailed description of experience with these headphones.
As for my experience, the only notable decent quality headphones I have used were my Sennheiser PC360 Headset and Sennheiser G4ME Zero & One Headsets. (The main thing I learned from the Zero is that I dislike Closed Headphones. It gives me an "inside my head" type of experience and is extremely unpleasant, especially when talking in voice chat. I would prefer an Open Headphone as I will be using them in a quiet environment at home.) The former was paired with an Astro Mixamp and the latter with the SupremeFX IV on my Asus Maximus V Formula Motherboard. Before that, I was into home theater surround setups a bit and tried thing such as the older Energy RCs, Polk Monitors, and Klipsch all connected to a Denon unit. From what I have discovered, I prefer a somewhat neutral to warm sound with accurate, fast bass and an overall tonality that isn't TOO bright. The Sennheisers, Energy RCs, and Polk Monitors all loosely fit into this category. The Klipsch I Could Not listen to for more than a short period of time because it was unbelievably fatiguing and actually just gave me a headache. I've never tried any of these with an adequate amp and dac, though, so my preferences are unreliable. I will be doing that this time, though, most likely with a Magni/Vali + Modi or O2/ODAC combo. (Might consider a Fiio or something else if they compare for that price range.)
For the uses of these headphones, I would guess somewhere around 50% Music, 30% Movies & TV Shows, and 20% Gaming. For music, I listen to pretty much everything so I would appreciate a pair of headphones that sound great in all scenarios from acoustic to heavy metal or even dubstep/electronic. I'm not sure how to be overly specific on the movies and tv shows. I watch a lot of different genres so universality is key. In terms of gaming, it's normally MOBA/MMO with some campaigns of new games so I'd like nice detail & clarity plus a decent fun factor but not "bass head' headphones that are muddy and cluttered in sound. There definitely won't be any pro/competitive level FPS or anything of that nature.
I've tried to explain everything as best I can but please don't rule out a great headphone without explaining the pros and cons because I very well may be wrong since I haven't experienced anything of this quality.
With all of that in mind, what do you guys think of these four options that I listed? Are any of them clear choices above the rest for me or is it a toss up? Did I leave out any other great options or do I need to exclude any of these?
Please let me know what you guys think. I would greatly appreciate it as I would like to have this settled and make a purchase this weekend so I can have them on the way to me by Monday.
Thanks so much!