My needs in this field aren't big, but even then, the options and opinions on what's good and what isn't is driving me nuts. I can't get a good handle on what's gonna be right for me, so I'd value some opinions. I need some recommendations for some over-ear headphones for both at home and on the go use. I'm fine with carrying my headphones in a bag, so they don't need to be super sleek or fold up. I'd also prefer to stay away from "gaming" headsets for now. What I have: A PC, consoles, and a Shanling M1 DAP with 32ohm in it, MP3's at 320kbp/s. I have over 15,000 music files, so I tend to avoid FLAC so I can actually fit it all on a 64GB card. I also wear glasses, if that affects much. I'd like to keep the budget below $200 Canadian, but I know that the Beyerdynamics don't tend to hit that. Lastly, they must be closed back. I don't wanna bother other people if I can help it! ------------------------------ Most of my music (I calculated a good 98% of it) is from video game soundtracks, and not actual bands. The bands I listen to vary from Nightwish, Kamelot, Sonata Arctica, DragonForce, and a bit of Hammerfall in there as well. Power/Orchestral metal. I like other stuff too, like some rock, alternative, etc, but nothing I'd have full albums of, just a few songs. In terms of game soundtracks and what kind of music they have, it varies extremely widely. It could be something smoother like Transistor, something more guitar/string/violin heavy like Xenoblade Chronicles 2 or stuff from the Ys series, something with more vocals/rap/hip hop/street with The World Ends With You, or more electronic and fast paced like the F-Zero GX soundtrack, and of course all of the big, sweeping orchestral pieces that tons of games have like stuff from Bravely Default, Final Fantasy (Especially Type-0), God Eater, Monster Hunter and more. There's a lot it all covers. ----------------------------- Simply put, most of my audio comes from guitars, violins, vocals like opera or chorus and some normal vocals with the actual bands I listen to, and pretty much everything involved in an orchestra. Mids and treble are clearly the focus, but that doesn't mean bass needs to be anemic. I have sub-woofers for my desktop and car so that the guitar/orchestral tones can have that depth and boom that a simple bass boost can't handle or hope to match. I like my bass to emphasize and build up the rest, not be the dominant force in my audio. As for what I've looked into already, there's quite a few. Here's the list of headphones I've highly considered: Beyerdynamic 770 Pro: It's been the hallmark of recommendations here and everywhere. A bit above my price range, but I'd pay for the thing if these were it. But the dominant opinion is that the mids are recessed and the highs are a bit unpredictable, so that worries me for the type of music I'd want. Plus I'd need an amp for the 80ohm+ versions, which is not ideal. If I had to get one, I'd maybe consider the FiiO A1 since it's cheap and small enough. Sennheiser 598 CS: These almost seemed like the perfect choice. Public opinion is that they're generally just ok and most have returned them for something better. Yet I've heard great things with their treble, though apparently the mids are over-done and the bass is muddy. I'm not sure if their general sound signature (mids especially) can be fixed with an EQ or not, thus making them the perfect choice? ATH-M50X: Oh yes, these ones. I can hear the eyes rolling out of their sockets from here. Somehow these seem to be the most sworn by and most hated popular headphones. They can't be that bad, right? ATH-M40X: The apparently more neutral and overall better value version of the M50X. Might be more for what I'm looking for? They seem to get less hate than the M50x's do. HyperX Cloud Alpha: Now, I know I said no to gaming headphones. But apparently the sound on these is actually really good. A bit weak on the treble end apparently, but otherwise are well regarded. Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro Plus: Apparently they're also fairly unpredictable with their upper sound signature like the 770's. The 16ohm has me concerned. Even my Sennheiser CX 1.00's take 28ohm compared to these things. Are they really worth the cost? ----------------------------- Sooo, yeah, that's a bit of a wordy crap shoot. Here's hoping that something will come of this topic! Any help would be greatly appreciated, and note that the 5 headphones I listed are not the only options I'll accept. They're just the most highly considered, and as such, recommendations for other options are good. Thanks in advance~ Edit: Update down below! Got to try some headphones on the list, and some I never considered. Edit 2: More impressions after a crazy day in the city on page 2. Might be getting close to my answer! Edit 3. Finally tried some headphones, found what I might like best, but it's still not perfect. More on the post on page 2.