I have had my Sennheiser HD650's for the past year and a half alongside an Aune T1 tube amplifier. My main issue with the HD 650's is that they are a bit tight, and yes while they are comfortable I find that over time the pressure from the headphones clamping over my head is noticeably annoying, and at times painful. My budget I have determined will be around 300 USD considering I don't want to spend too much of my tax return.
I nearly purchased the Audio Technica ATH-A900X's (Closed back) but after a few hours of research determined that the split headband wouldn't be up my alley.
My question is, is there anyone out there with experience transitioning from the HD 650's or anyone that has tried the HD 650's, and prefer a more comfortable pair of headphones with comparable sound quality to the HD 650's.
Right now I am pretty set with picking up a pair of Philips X2/27 Fidelio's as they look promising as far as the reviews go. Any other suggestions?
Philips X2/27: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00O2Y2MZG/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
HD 650: http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD-650-Headphones/dp/B00018MSNI/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1425506021&sr=1-1&keywords=hd+650
I've not tired any of those head phones, but I just got a pair of beyerdynamic DT880 pros having used AGK 701s for years and they are great. So comfy, really nice fit, really nice sound. semi-open which you seem to be going for. :)
tek syndicate did a couple of videos on it too.
I highly recommend the Beyerdynamic DT 880's as Logan does also. They're really high quality, in terms of both the sound and the fit and feel, the most comfortable and best sounding headphones I've ever used.
Good news! The Philips X2's are on their way to my house today! I will leave a short review of how they initially sound later tonight.