This is my first post. I feel I have some unique needs in a future headphone purchase. I work from home and I am a student too. I will occasionally work in a more public area, but this is rare. I am looking to up my headphone game and I need something I can wear all day. I tend to wear my headphones for more than 6 hours each day if not more. I will be using these headphones for music, watching lecture videos/conference calls, some movies, and gaming. So basically a well rounded phone for desktop use only.
Currently my main headphone is a really old set of Ariel brand over ear closed back phones. sound isn't terrible for skype/conference/lectures and some low volume music, but they are pretty lack luster everywhere else. Plus they are hot, head band hurts, and they are starting to crackle and pop.
My travel IEMs are some Monster I-sport Immersion phones and for IDGAF moments like yard work I use some super cheap Skull Candy IEMS. I rather like the I-sports, they need a good seal for great sound, but nice for when on the train or walking town.
For reference to what I listen to see below:
Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Blue on Black, Charlie Parker- yardbird suite, The Body Acoustic - east harlem, Toro y Moi - so many details, BASECAMP - emmanuel, Miguel- simple things, James Blake- retrograde, Kina Grannis- fire, Diana Krall's music
I have been looking at Over-Ear open back phones primarily, but some semi opens too. I really want Over-ears and my budget is sub-150 mark. These phones will not be amp'd and they will be powered by my desktop.
I've been looking into these:
Audio Technica ath-ad700x open backs (or maybe the ad500x, cost factor)
Superlux hd668 with dt770 pads
Amazon has some discontinued Audio technica a900x closed backs for under 150 too
I haven't heard any of these phones and I could really use some help.
I will be upgrading these later once I have an amp/dac.
Thanks everyone for all your help and suggestions.