A few years back i was introduced to what is probably entry-level audiophile computer audio. Being on a tight budget at the time, i ultimately decided to upgrade my workstation audio components with the following equipment: Monoprice Hi-Fi DJ Style Acoustic Pro Studio Headphones (108323) Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD USB Audio System with Phono Preamp (70SB124000001) I've since gotten a new computer at the office, not that it matters. It's still a slow piece of locked down crap. I don't even know why i mentioned it to be honest. The Sound Blaster has been great, but having to go through IT to update drivers is super annoying I was recommended to buy those monoprice headphones...i think on this forum actually. And bang for buck, they blow anything out of the water. It's unreal that these things only cost $30. No, they're not top of the line, and the bass can be a little muddy sometimes. But they're damn clear and thirty freaking dollars! Anyway, I'm wondering if i can perhaps make a step up from them now that i got more money to spend. One of my biggest complaints about these headphones is that they start to hurt your ears after like 30-45min of continuous wear. They feel comfortable at first, but they must clamp down too much or something. I'm looking for some decent intro-mid audiophile grade headphones that'll work with that sound blaster as i don't want to upgrade that. I also must stress that they need to be isolating headsets, not the open type where my coworkers will hear everything I'm playing. It's typically like dead quiet in my office, so any sound leaks would be very distracting to others. I also rock out hard budget is probably like $200-300, but I'm flexible honestly.