Originally Posted by Michael Chan
Not too concerned about cash here, but as a matter of principle I refuse to waste it. Let's assume 4 price ranges:
As I move up each price bucket, what does one gain, given the constraints above?
Less than 500 bucks, I'd listen to Senneheiser 650 HD. Some prefer the Sennheiser 600 over the 650.
Greater than 1000, Sennheiser 800 HDS (The S is important, and it's a different headphone from the 800HD.)
Many like Focal's offerings, and they can be gotten in similar prices to Sennheiser and they have one the utopia that retails at 3499!
I've never tried planar magnetic. Many rave over them. They eat a lot of power and generally require a powerful dedicated headphone amp. Audeze is a popular brand. Monoprice has some more reasonably priced. Here is the page with their offerings:
They also sell some decent headphone amps.
As far as the bluetooth recommendation goes, I do that from time to time. I have Bose QC35s. I bought them for travel, but my LG OLED is capable of bluetooth so I can pair them to that. I use them sometimes strictly for TV. They sound pretty good, but are a bit short of a regular plug in headphone, particularly for movies from my BD player (which is connected to a headphone amp.)
I'd look on crutchfield at their headphone offerings. They have a 60 day return policy. Also check out moon audio. They sell almost all headphones, but don't know about their return policy, but you can see what's generally available. If you have a local hi-fi shop that sells high end stuff, you can maybe go audition some in store.