I'm just jumpin into the middle of this...I haven't read the whole thread (come on, 26 pages!!!) only the last 2 posts and neither of those are related to what I'm gonna say but the title of the thread suggests that what I'm gonna say is relevant and I searched for something about what I'm gonna say and didn't see it so hopefully what I say is a meaningful contribution to this thread that I haven't read even 0.01% of.
BOSE TRIPORT HEADPHONES ($150 USD @ BestBuy)
I got myself a pair of New In Box Bose Triport headphones for $135 USD on eBay.
Here is my review:
I look at three things when I evaluate headphones:
Sound Quality, Comfort, Durability
The sound is amazing. I play 3d games and want the 3d sound effects to be as good as possible and these cans deliver. When there is no action in the game, I take note of the silence, because the Triports have very little whitenoise playing through, although occassionally when nothing is playing I can hear my hard disk or cdrom drive spinning. Also the headphones do a good job of keeping external noise out. I have a noisy computer and I have to sit right next to it but with the headphones on I don't really notice, especially if there is music or game noise playing through the headphones. Once I switched to these headphones I noticed an immediate improvement in the quality of the sound played through my computer. It was much crisper and clearer sounding than before. With these headphones on, I can hear little details in the games I play that I missed out on before, like footsteps from far away, or an enemy toggling his gun from auto to single fire... you know, the "really little details". My music is much nicer as well, and DVD audio is excellent. The bass on these headphones is very good. Its not like having a subwoofer from a regular speaker set but very good nonetheless. These little guys can also crank out a ton of volume. Once I got these headphones I had to turn my volume on every program down to almost nothing. If I put them on my desk in front of me and crank up the volume on the computer I can hear sound almost as loud as if I were using normal speakers.
Quality Rating: A
These headphones are some of the most comfortable I have ever tried on. I can wear them all day long (quite literally) and only after 10-12 hours do they start to feel uncomfortable, and even then after a 30 minute break I can put them on again for a long stretch. The muffs are designed to fit around your ear rather than on your ears. So your ear is literally contained (unless you have HUGE ears!) within the muff. The soft black gasket around the muff is very soft. It conforms to the shape of your head creating a comfortable and leak-proof seal. The end result is that your ears don't get smashed by the cans. The headwrap piece has a nice range of adjustability to it. Also, it is padded with a somewhat hard foamy material. The headwrap if adjusted to be very tight, can be somewhat uncomfortable but when adjusted properly fits snug and comfortably. Personally, I also like the fact that if for instance I have just gotten ready to go somewhere and my hair is all nice and pretty, I don't have to mess my hair up by wearing these over-the-head headphones. I can just adjust the headwrap piece to hover about 1/2 inch over my head instead of on it, and the headphones still stay on just the same, and don't threaten to fall off. Also, the headphones are very lightweight, so you won't fatigue your head or neck by wearing them for long stretches. In fact, after a few minutes you forget you are even wearing them. The Triports come with an already longish cord (about 6 or 7 feet, from memory) as well as an optional extension cord of about 5 feet. So it is doubtful that the cord being too short will force you too close to what you are listening to. These cans are so comfortable I often wear them even when not listening to anything, just to block out house noise and the noise of my computer. They are very comfy.
Comfort Rating: A
What good are a pair of cans if they just break in a week? These headphones don't have that problem. Their appearance certainly makes them look somewhat "cheap" but that they are not. The spring in the headwrap is strong but flexible. The earmuffs are lightweight but sturdy. The Triports come with a little bag for safe transportation, although if they got sat on or something there may be a risk of bending the headwrap part. I have dropped mine several times but they haven't broken. The ultimate test for me was when on more than one occasion I forgot I was wearing them and very roughly backed my chair out of my desk (I put my feet on the wall and pushed off like Dilbert!). Well, I was quite surprised as my computer got yanked out of its cabinet halfway and the headphones remained on my head. This was how I broke my last set of Antec Lansing headphones... the cable was yanked out of the headphone by the force of me getting up too fast. At any rate, these Triports have a STRONG cable! I have accidentally yanked them several times and they are still intact with no damage. Also, if you have the extension cable inline then likely it would act as a safety measure because your headphones would just pull out of the extension cable instead of getting stuck in whatever they are plugged into.
Durability Rating: A-
I don't know if theres any more to say. If there is, it is nothing but good. These headphones are really excellent. I like the sound and they are comfy, and I don't worry about breaking them, either. All around they are a good value. They are expensive, yes, at 130-150 USD, but it is worth it. These headphones will deliver high quality sound for as long as you take decent care of them. I can see myself still using these headphones 5 or even 10 years from now.
If you are thinking about spending more than $50 for a pair of quality headphones, search around for a good deal and spend a little extra for these... you won't regret it, I'm cheap as all get out and I sure don't.
Everyone I have let try these headphones out has only one word to say: