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    Been watching movies/digging for music using my HD 25s for ages. Great sound, not a great feel after awhile. Any recommendations for headphones with great sound AND comfort?

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    I use these. Very comfortable, and they sound great:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sennheiser-Q.../dp/B002DGTGNQ

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    Personally I'm a fan of Audio Technica's M50s. (The M50x model has a removable wire too, but I've never used these but I imagine they're similar)

    http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/he...ff89488ddd6b1/

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    Those look nice. Not the greatest reviews though. These caught my eye.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...R&tag=tbpre-20

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    I've heard great things about the ATH-M50x, but they looks so big and clunky. Are they heavy? Comfortable for an 1hr + of wear?

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    I like them. I've only felt discomfort after 4+ hours. Not too clunky, but if you find yourself taking them off constantly, like I do at work, it might not be super fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schalenberg View Post
    Those look nice. Not the greatest reviews though. These caught my eye.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...R&tag=tbpre-20
    I've never met an audiophile who liked BOSE. Just sayin'.

    Grado has some incredible headphones for listening at a lot of different price points. They are open headphones though, meaning they will let sound in and let sound out, so if you want headphones so others don't hear your music, they aren't going to work for you.

    A $60-100 pair of Grado cans will kick a lot of $300 "big name" brands to the curb though.

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    I kind of like my M-100s for casual listening . Comfortable, some people like getting the extended earpads for them though like I have, just maybe get a little bit warm inside over time.

    Used my HD25s as well for home listening because they were always around. The M-100s have a much more pronounced V-Curve, very fun to listen to if you pair them with a good source/dac or a headphone amplifier like a FiiO E11. I'm kind of preferring them to my HD25s sometimes when I don't want to crank the bass on whatever monitor I have for noise reasons, they have a much fuller low end versus the HD25s. They also don't distort at high volumes, so you can run them under earplugs like any good DJ headphone (though you'll feel the earpads tingle from a bassy track :P)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ablahblah View Post
    I kind of like my M-100s for casual listening . Comfortable, some people like getting the extended earpads for them though like I have, just maybe get a little bit warm inside over time.
    I'm in between the ATHs and the M-100s right now. Thanks for your input.

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    You really find the HD 25s uncomfortable? I bought the HD 25s primarily for comfort (I had A&H Xone XD2-53s before, which were too uncomfortable to wear for prolonged periods at work).

    Quote Originally Posted by Glitchwerks View Post
    I've never met an audiophile who liked BOSE. Just sayin'.
    Bose makes the best portable speakers available AFAIK. Their headphones are bad though.

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