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Wow, things sure have changed. (Cd3000)

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I bought my first pair of "real" headphones in 2004 or so. They were Sony cd3000. At the time they were the most ridiculously priced headphones I had ever come across. I laughed at my dealer but then I tried them paired with a mini max headphone amp and I was smitten.

10 years on and it's amazing how things have blown up! I'm assuming it was the iPod/iPhone revolution that did it. It's certainly motivating my next purchase. I'm looking for something I can use with my iPhone or iPad as well as a DAC. The PSBs look interesting but so does everything else! I looked at the first server all pages of the headphone reviews and there seems to be hundreds of cans that people really like...

I'm looking for a good all round set of headphones. Comfort is really important. I was given a pair of v-moda cross fade LPs and in addition to being muddy, they get uncomfortable after a few hours. I'm hoping to find some closed headphones with realistic bass, an open sound, and natural tones. Guitars and voices are super important.

So, anything I should try? Anything I should avoid? Thanks!

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What is your budget?

 

Are you OK with open cans (they leak sound and don't isolate well)?

 

What equipment will be powering these cans?  Will you be using an amp?

 

What is the format of your music and other sounds you will putting into these cans?

 

Describe the sound signature that you are seeking?

 

If you don't know your preferred sound signature (and even if you do), what genres of music do you plan to run through these cans?

 

Do you plan to use them outside your home?  If so, in what way & with what equipment?

 

Headphone comfort is a very individual thing.  Sizing and sensitivities are unique to each person.  We can point you to headphones that are generally considered to be comfortable and mention others that have garnered complaints for being uncomfortable.  However, the only way to know for sure is to wear them yourself for a time equivalent to your longest listening session.

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I would love to help you because I have tons of suggestions in my head, but you barely gave any criteria other than your preferred response curve and "comfort."

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