My short experience with isolating closed headphones is that if you want good isolation, get prepared for some head hugging.
For example, the Ultrasone HFI-650 which I find good for gaming is hot and crushes my ears a bit. Not very comfortable, but the sound isolation might be better than on HD280 Pro according to some. With smaller ears/head this might not be a problem (?)
I would also like to find the following headphone:
- Good isolation from outside noise
- Decent, not overbearing bass
- Easy to drive from a sound card source (or portable)
- NOT bright (to me Ultrasone and Grado are a tad too bright for longer durations, esp with poor sources like most sound cards)
- cost c. 200-400 € (euro)
I've already tried Audio Technica W100 and while they are comfortable, they do not block almost any noise at all.
So, am I doomed to wear either comfortable, but not isolating or unfortable, but well isolating headphones?