I'm a new member of the head-fi community (hi everyone!) and I thought I could use a little help from you, because even if this topic may be a little subjective, I'd like to hear the opinions coming from individuals much more experienced than me.
A little bit of background; I love music. Music connects with me in a profound, intimal way; there are very few things that make me feel like this. It makes me move with energetic overdose, it makes me wail in sadness, it makes me ponder... It is of paramount importance to me, as you can see. I don't think I could live without it.
So, about three years ago I bought a pair of black on-ear headphones for around 60 euros (I think they're from the brand Aerial7? Not sure) and I was impressed with the sound they provided. Mind you I'm still very young (18) and these were my first pair of headphones; not my first good pair of heaphones, just my first. And coming from the internal speakers of a laptop and the pair of earphones that come with every phone or mp3 player, it opened a whole new world for me; you kind of get the idea.
I wouldn't even have considered buying another pair of headphones, but their plastic hinge broke recently, and although I tried to fix it, it was of no use; they were impossible to wear anymore.
And so my internet investigation began; I looked for information for days, and days, and weeks, in this forums threads, in other forums threads, reviews from customers... Everywhere. Although I'm a little skeptical about the sound quality benefits obtained from spending hundreds and thousands of dollars on a headphone (maybe here's the worst place to say that, but whatever) I think that the 100 - 200 euro price range is pretty reasonable; and heck, why wouldn't I give me the pleasure, if its something I enjoy so much?
I finally narrowed it to these four; the ATH-M50x (155 eu), the Roland RH-300 (160 eu), the AKG K550 (133 eu) and the German Maestro GMP 8.35 D (145 eu). There are mixed reviews of every single one of them; some say the ATH-M50x sound sterile, cold or mechanical; some say they have too much bass while others say they don't; some say the RH-300 are overall quite good; some say the treble is far too recessed; some say the AKG sound too analytical, with artifical treble , and that they don't fit very well; others say that they're specially good with stringed instruments, very rich and balanced, with a big soundstage and good fit.. etc etc etc. You get the idea. The most praised ones probably were the ATH-M50x and the German Maestro GMP 8.35D, the latter lacking any critiques at all. I would probably pair them eventually with an O2/ODAC combo, and leave this settled for now, but I like to do my research. I like to be sure about what I spend my money on.
My musical tastes are somewhat based around electric guitar; I love classic and hard rock, progressive and psychedelic rock, blues and blues rock, reggae, grunge and punk occasionally... And recently I'm getting into harder stuff, but not by much (I loved the first Snot album, Get some, and Leviathan, from Mastodon). Favourite artists and bands include Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Steve Ray Vaughan, Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, RATM, Queen, Audioslave, Guns n' Roses, Alter Bridge, Oasis, Bob Marley & the Wailers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, AC/DC, The Beatles, George Harrison,... But while this is my favourite kind of music, I like to dive into other stuff too; I'm always up for new things. So I think I'm searching for a polivalent headphone, if ever so slightly inclined for these genres.
I don't think I have specially good ears like many of here do; I'm not able to discern the characteristics of the music like you do, but frankly, as far as the headphones you help me choose make me enjoy my music, I don't care.
I'm open to other suggestions between the price range mentioned before (they need to be sealed, for convinience and practicality; I'm going to study to a big city where a calm environment will be difficult to find), but I'm pretty confident in the ones I've chosen.
Thanks in advance!
Edited by Vanagandr - 5/21/14 at 5:20pm