Sennheiser 600 is your headphone, though you do need an amp with it. Could go senn 580 + amp too to save some $$
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I've owned them all- there are many that sound good, but Sennheiser is the keeper for comfort. HD600s can be had all day long $175-$200. I agree, an amp is critical to get the most out of them. Another $100-$200 will get you a nice Creek, Musical Fidelity, Headroom or JMT amp. Upgraded power supplies for amps go a long way. There are a few integrateds that have decent headphone sections- try first. Upgraded cable from Cardas is nice but stock doesn't suck. Happy listening.
Sennheiser and tubes are a good substitute for sleeping pills.
I'm kidding (sort of) I have Senn 600 - and Grado RS-1. I have tube amp with Senns (ASL MGhead) and RA-1 for Grado. I read all the hype about the Senns and they sound great for classical. I like the Grado for rock and jazz (actually Senns are good for jazz also). The Grado's are just more musical and toe tapping. They both have a place in my system depending on the music. I would miss either one if they were gone.
Oh, comfort... ummm the Senns are much more comfortable.
Don't even try the in ear canal phones - I have the Shure E3 and I'd rather stick an icepick in my ear.
Everyone's ears and heads are little different so it difficult to say which headphones are most comfortable. If you like the sound of the Grado's but don't like their earpads (I don't) they make a more comfortable pad that is is usually only offered on the SR-60, but is sold separately. You can cut a small hole in the center of the pad if you think it muddies up the sound.