Newbie here. A buddy at work has gotten me into better headphones and now I'm looking for my own pair or 2.
I'll be using these in a cubicle at work so I want closed headphones though I actually like open ones better. I bought a Fiio E17 amp/dac that I'll be driving them with and playing with the EQ on. Comfort is important to me and over-ear seem to be the only ones comfortable to me. On ear fight the natural direction of my ears (out) and in ears get annoying after a while. I also enjoy a larger soundstage and open feel. Also, I listen to pandora's higher quality tracks and mp3's. Not really willing to seek out super high quality song sources so I guess I need forgiving headphones.
I don't consider myself a basshead but sometimes I like to crank up the bass for some chunky palm-muted heavy riff songs (Metallica, Godsmack, Breaking Benjamin, 10 years, exc). I also like to listen to country and acoustic instrumentals (like Erik Mongrain, Justin King and Andy McKee).
I've read a bunch of reviews and kind of settled on 2 options.
1. Save and buy a single nicer pair of headphones (Shure SRH 1540 or Ultrasone Pro 900 were the 2 I'm looking at, maybe a better pair of Beyer's). Would probably try to find these used.
2. Get 2 pair of cheaper headphones. (one for clarity for the acoustic music and something fast and punchy for metal).
- Here I was looking at Sennheiser HD 380's or Momentums and a pair of Ultrasone HFI 580 or 780, Beyer DT770's or Shure 840.
V Moda M100's fit kind of in between categories for me. They would probably be a single pair option unless I found some used ones.
A couple pair that I have tried are ATH M-50's (do not like them. Feels like the speaker is in my ear and they don't breath so my ears get really hot after a while). Beyer DT770 80 ohm (I actually like these quite a bit, very roomy and open feeling, comfortable). Sennheiser Momentum on-ear (like these, would have to get the over eye version though, a little concerned the cups would be too small for me). And I tried a pair of AKG somethings, so I don't remember. They were my favorite but they were open so everyone around me could here it.
edit: Couple of other things I forgot to mention. Budget is around $350-$400 for single or combined for a pair. I prefer detachable cable but not necessary and I don't care about portability.
Sorry for the lengthy first post, just trying to get exactly what I'm looking for out there. Open to suggestions.
Thanks in advance!
Edited by choog - 3/31/14 at 11:27am