I've owned a couple cheap, crappy pairs of headphones in the past. These were just something I used to pass the time listening to music without disturbing others. I always told myself that I'd buy a decent set when I had a few extra bucks floating around, but I never did...until about a week ago. I bought a set of Audio Technica ATH-M50x phones. Yes, I know, most consider them to be entry-level phones, but to me they sound great. I bought them with the intention of listening to music on my Samsung Galaxy pad, but they came with a nice coiled cord that I can use for my home systems. This is going to be fun! Thanks to all who posted advice in this forum - as I read a LOT of it. You definitely helped me make an informed decision. To others looking to buy their first set: give these a look. The sound you will get will make you think you paid much more.