The thing is he's not comfortable using the IE. He tried skull IE skull candy but didn't like it. He did try bose QC, and liked it, so I guess he likes the OEM. I know, I read a lot, and people seem to say; bose = stay away. I do have some other choices. Yesterday I was looking around at Sony. The guy pointed at me MDR-NC60 (noise cancelling) for C$249. Then I stopped by at another shop. I saw Denon AHD-1001BK and Senheise HD-555. I haven't been to any (specialized) audio shop yet - I might later today. Only went to big chains, ie : bestbuy, futureshop, Dumoulin, Radioshack (The source in Canada). I have to get it by Friday - don't want to go to Bday party empty handed, lol.
He's mostly going to use it at home with his sony mp3, so I guess any noise cancelling won't do any good. I know he's travelling during Christmas tho - then NC could be considered.
Now I'm up to a few choices :
1) Senh 555
2) Shure 440
3) Shure 840 (a bit over my budget)
4) Sony MDR 7505 - Thanks Paul
5) Senh 595 (a bit over my budget)
I'll get back with more choices. Anyway, any advice would be very helpful. Thanks guys.