Hello Head-Fi community. I'm desperatly seeking your help to finish this excruciating pain my ears are suffering. I'm currently listening to my music with iphone headphones (imagine). I think it's high time I finally buy some quality cans for my ears. As "background info", I've owned several "skullcandy" headphones (don't judge me hahaha), but each of them broke due to cheap quality (what a surprise...). I'm looking for some headphones which will provide durability and quality, and also serve me for 2 main purposes: gaming and enjoying music. Music is a big part of my daily life, I listen to lots of albums on a daily basis. All my music is in mp3 320 kbps, DVD's with 5.1 mixes, blu rays, and some FLAC files. I've seen several posts, and people who look for advice put the genres they listen to (I figured that's for the bass and mids of each particular headphone): mainly progressive rock and metal, indie-mellow music, some hardcore-screamo and sometimes a bit of electronica. I really love paying attention to what's happening musically inside the songs, so the headset must be "clear". To name a few of my favourite bands and musicians, and to give you guys an idea what I'll be listening to the most, I would say Porcupine Tree, Between the Buried and Me, Gojira, Converge, Radiohead, Regina Spektor, Animals as Leaders, Arctic Monkeys, Crystal Castles, everything Steven Wilson... As for the gaming part, I have some doubts with my computer. In audio terms, I have an integrated chip (Realtek® ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC ), and when I was trying to choose a "gaming" headphone, I came with all these "7.1", "surround sound" and such terms. I know the sound provided by these headphones is emulated, but will my actual computer setup serve well for headphones like these (I've seen they require an expensive sound card)? As a side note, I've reserched a bit and learned that I should stay away from "gaming headphone brands" (razer and such). I don't really need all that fancy "positional audio emulation" as I don't really play FPS. I enjoy adventure games, RPG, MMO (League of Legends), etc. Summing up, I'd love to buy a headset which will sound excelent (like surround, would be awesome if you guys could clear me up the 5.1/7.1 thing with headphones), not "flat", be comfortable, have a little bass, and will make me able to enjoy my music (the most important for me) and playing a few games once in a while without hurting my ears (before the iphone headphones I was using sound-proof cans for playing drums... After long sessions my ears would literally be really red and swollen. Btw, my budget is 170, but depending on the features and your advice I would extend a bit. Anddd they must be somehow soundproof, No sound filtering to the outside (to get more "inside the music, you know) I will buy these online as I live in a town where I don't have access to much "testing" of what I buy. That's why I'm asking for advice here and of course trusting you guys. Thank you very much, and hope to not have bored you.