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I've owned a handful of not too high quality over-ear headphones, and none of them are comfortable to me. The last pair of headphones I bought were some over-ear skullcandy's (yes I know, boo-hiss) when they were on sale, and I definitely don't use them much due to the terrible aching I feel around my ears after about 30 minutes of using them. While I've never used them, the Logitech G35's look incredibly comfy with that rectangular shape, but they're out of my price range and a lot of people here seem sketchy on logitech's sound quality

Whats a really comfortable set for around $50-$70? The less physical contact with my ears the better. I'd also imagine anythings an upgrade in sound from my current pair, and my onboard sound isn't too hot so something USB wouldn't hurt, either.
I have no preference of used/new/refurbished, either.
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What are your needs? Are these headphones for gaming or music? If both, what ratio of gaming to music will you be using them? What type of music do you mainly listen to? What do you expect out of the headphones besides comfort? (bass, positional accuracy, good highs and mids etc..)

After all that has been listed, are you willing to jump up to 90 dollars as a max?

If you're not willing to jump up 15-25 bucks then I'd recommend you go with RX900s or check out the Samson lineup.

If you are and are looking for more game oriented headphones, check out Audio Technica AD700s (most comfortable headphones you're ever gonna' wear probably) or Sennheiser HD555s.

At 100 dollars you're looking at M50s for bassy music, no gaming ability not great mids highs etc, but perhaps you should grab the RX900s for overall better performance.
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i have a pair of creative fatality and i dont even notice i have them on if u can try them see how they feel im sure u would like em (sound is a little soft at times with them though)
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What are your needs? Are these headphones for gaming or music? If both, what ratio of gaming to music will you be using them? What type of music do you mainly listen to? What do you expect out of the headphones besides comfort? (bass, positional accuracy, good highs and mids etc..)

After all that has been listed, are you willing to jump up to 90 dollars as a max?

If you're not willing to jump up 15-25 bucks then I'd recommend you go with RX900s or check out the Samson lineup.

If you are and are looking for more game oriented headphones, check out Audio Technica AD700s (most comfortable headphones you're ever gonna' wear probably) or Sennheiser HD555s.

At 100 dollars you're looking at M50s for bassy music, no gaming ability not great mids highs etc, but perhaps you should grab the RX900s for overall better performance.
I agree on all 3 recommendation. The AD700's are the best you are going to get in that price point for comfort and usability. the HD555's will sound a bit better, but you sacrifice the comfort that you are looking for.

If you can't swing the extra $20, the RX900's are an ideal candidate.

Are you also looking at getting a sound card?
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Grado G-cush pads are awesome, but then again just the pads are 50 bucks.
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...my onboard sound isn't too hot so something USB wouldn't hurt, either.
Regardless of how your onboard sound performs, buying a USB headset will prevent you from:
- enjoying a sound card if you get one in the future
- using the set with other standard audio interfaces

USB headsets use their own internal sound processor (not impressive unless you shell out the amount for a good sound card equivalent) and bypass onboard/cards. If you ever want to use a USB headset with an MP3 player or something, you're pretty much stuck. USB audio is a digital signal, whereas 3.5mm is analog. You would need an external DAC, at which point you're spending as much as you would to get a sound card.

I recently bought the RX900s and have been using them for several hours at a time. The only slight discomfort they cause is because of my ears - they protrude a bit more than most. I can even wear them with glasses for a good while.
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I can attest to the RX900s being extremely comfortable. Plus they're semi-open so it takes a long time for them to get stuffy.
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I have a fairly large collection of music, and I'm an avid gamer at the same time, so its really a mix. I'm for the most part nocturnal so I'd be wearing then at night for a long time, doing everything with them. I do love some bass, though. I haven't actually tried any sets with good bass so far

With the RX900's, do the pads sit on your ears, or around them?

And since I'm not really looking to use these on anything but my PC (I have a nice pair of in-ear headphones for my zune and whatnot), wouldn't USB give it more power? I'm not too savvy on amplified audio but I was under the impression USB could provide more drive than just a 3.5mm
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I have a fairly large collection of music, and I'm an avid gamer at the same time, so its really a mix. I'm for the most part nocturnal so I'd be wearing then at night for a long time, doing everything with them. I do love some bass, though. I haven't actually tried any sets with good bass so far

With the RX900's, do the pads sit on your ears, or around them?
They sit around your ears, unless you have elephant ears or something... lol
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They sit around your ears, unless you have elephant ears or something... lol
I would say mine were a bit taller than others. I hate using them for comparison, but the crappy skullcandy ones I have now look about the same size. My ears JUST barely fit inside the cushions, making it pretty uncomfortable after long use. I saw the HD212's that looked more ear-shaped, but I'm not sure how they compare to the RX900's "overall" quality
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