OK, I'm just starting my research. I'm looking to buy a decent set of headphones. I don't want to take baby steps-I want something that I'll be happy with. I also understand that headphones are a highly personal thing so one persons opinion may not be valid for others. I'm also trying to stay under $500-less if possible, especially if I can get a good sale price--I'll wait if I have to. I don't want to by used. I'll by used Audio hardware, but not headphones.
I'm not concerned with blocking out external noises or bothering others. I can blast my 2 channel rig in the middle of the night without bothering anybody sleeping, so I'm not concerned with anybody hearing my headphones.
I'm also not too concerned with amplification for harder to drive headphones--I realize its a necessary thing so that will be a separate purchase if I can't use anything I already have.
I wasn't even really ready to buy, but I'm seeing some decent prices so I might jump sooner-- Other than the cheapies, I currently have a Bose QCII Noise Canceling phones which are OK, but they get uncomfortable (physically) after long periods.
Currently I've got my eye on the Sennheiser HD650's--cheapest I can find them are $340 (Reg $650)--The next step up in the Sennheiser line is the HD800, and $1300 is well beyond my budget right now. I've seen almost all great reviews on the HD650. My only concern is wether Sennheiser only honors the warranty when purchased from an authorized reseller or not. I can't find that info on their site.
The Denon AH-5000 also caught my eye. Its currently $388 (reg $699.99). Its real Mahogany wood shell is intriguing.
I still have yet to checkout Head-Fi and such-but I wanted to get some quick thoughts from you folks first.
If you had to choose between the Sennheiser HD-650 or the Denon AH-5000, which would you go with and why?
Or should I be checking out other brands or models that I would be happier with?