Originally Posted by Orcin
LOL... this is Head-Fi so I expected (and hoped for) lots of opinions. I am surprised that no one has tried to push me above my budget yet though... you guys are slipping!
I was shying away from the Ety's because I had heard that without an amp they sound thin. My own experience with UE's (5 pro, not 3) made me think that they would need an amp to sound clean. I would welcome any "no-amp" testimonials from people running either of these (Ety 6 or UE 3) straight from a Nano.
I need to further investigate some of the other suggestions here. I had the UM-1 and X3 on my "maybe" list from reading other threads.
Well, I have the Sennheiser CX300 and I think they are great.
Although, the other day I stopped by the Apple Store because I wanted to get a new pair of phones, and I entered thinking in buying a Shure SE210 but I left the store with an E4C.
I simply loved those phones. The highs are so brilliant and vibrant in comparison to the SE210 and SE310 that I couldn't resist and bought them, even being more expensive than the SE210.
So, if you want a suggestion pushing above your limit, listen to Shure SE210, SE310, E4C or even SE420 when they come out
EDIT: Oh, about isolation... the new black foamies of the SE series is very comfortable and provides an excellent isolation.