Hello all. I am posting here so as to not start yet another thread for headphone suggestions. I have been looking for a decent set of sealed cans for a year or so research wise. I have finally gotten to where I am ready to make a purchase however I am a bit undecided about what headphones I should buy and was hoping you might have some advice for me.
Before I tell you what I am looking for in the headphones I feel I should give you an idea of what they will be connected to most of the time.
My source is a self built mini-itx computer running Windows 7 with XBMC as my player. I re-ripped all my existing CD's as FLAC but also have a mix of MP3's of varying bitrates from back when the number of songs you could put on a MP3 player was king. I am sending the audio out over USB using the WASAPI driver to a Audio GD NFB-5 headphone DAC/Amp which is what I will connect these headphones too.
I also should probably give you an idea of the type of music I listen to as well. I listen to a bunch of different types of music, however most are more bass heavy such as techno, dubstep, rap, rock, metal. On occasion I listen to pop and acoustic music and/or county. I rarely listen to jazz or classical.
I will be using these headphones primarily at work where I work in a cubicle and don't want to disturb others nearby. As a result I am looking exclusively at sealed headphones.
I am a pretty big audiophile and sound quality is important to me, however my budget is limited enough that I realize I cannot attain the "highest" quality of sound, and since I will be doing mostly background listening with these I am ok with that.
I am looking mostly for a decently accurate headphone with good bass and that's not super harsh, and comfortable to listen to for extended periods of time without too much sweaty ear syndrome. I do wear glasses so clamping force is an issue as well.
I am NOT looking for noise cancelling headphones as the noise cancelling feature on most headphones I have used leaves me feeling weird after (I had a set of Polk UltraFocus 8000's and liked the sound, but the noise cancelling was too much for me).
I dont anticipate listening to these headphones often from my iPhone, but may on occasion so the ability to be able to do so would be nice, but is not a requirement.
My budget is around 200 - 250 max. I dont mind buying new or refurbished models, however I want to purchase from a store (online or otherwise) with a decent return policy so if I dont like the sound I have options.
Like many here there are not any stores nearby I am aware of that have these models to demo so I have to rely strictly on opinions until I make a purchase.
Some headphones I have looked at and had suggested to me are below:
Beyerdynamic DT-770's (all different ohm models)
Audio Technica ATH-50m
I am curious as to what folks think of these models compared to each other and if there are others I should be looking at (in that price range only)