So, I'm presently in the market for a budget pair of headphones (~$75) and I haven't got any sort of idea what I should be looking for. I've tried to do some research but all this talk of sound signatures and sound stages means little to me as I've nothing to compare things to. I currently use a pair of Razer Tiamats which I got on a rather nice sale and are undoubtedly the most comfortable headphones and most immersive in games that I've ever had (I know the general sentiment about "gaming" headsets and particularly Razer 'round here so I'll not go on about these). They are of course not suited brilliantly to music, though.
I've got no preferences really, I'll likely enough end up buying multiple pairs over the next little while so I'm interested in any recommendations you might have. I'll go into some details on what I know I'd like and what I listen to below.
One thing I know for sure is that I would like them to be open, I'm really not a fan of cancelling out outside noise, freaks me out a bit. They'll be used only at home, at my computer so no need to be concerned over portability/leaking.
Here are some artists to help you get a feel for what I listen to:
- Blue October
- The Cure
- The Decemberists
- Great Lake Swimmers
- Iron & Wine
- The Smiths
- Thousand Foot Krutch
- We Came as Romans
- 30 Seconds to Mars
Just sort of a random bunch, should give you a pretty good idea though. Don't expect anyone to look 'em all up, just figure if you recognize them it could be a sort of guide.
If there's anything I should have mentioned, but didn't, let me know.
Feel I should also point out I'm searching in Canada, checked Amazon and a few that I see recommended frequently are quite a lot more expensive on the Canadian side. DT990s as an example at least on Amazon are $80 more than on the US side.
Edited by Kuultas - 5/28/14 at 7:33am