First time poster, long time reader (stole that, but couldn't think of anything more appropriate after reading it ;)).
The forum was a great help for my last decision. Many hours spent reading here inspired me to buy the UM2's a few years ago. I used them daily and have been very pleased--although I'm sure there is much room for improvement. However, the cable has broken at the L-connector and I'm looking for replacement.
Now here's what I'm looking for:
- Unamped use
- No leakage, I don't want to be a bother to anyone else (closed HP, IEM)
- Isolation, less important than leakage, but important
- Source iPhone 3Gs
- Quality Mp3 192-320 and FLAC
- Musical preferences: Hip Hop/Rap, Soul, Jazz, Blues, Electronic, Classical (probably not relevant as my taste is quite broad)
I've been very happy with the comfort of my UM2's and I initially was convinced that I should just buy the UM3X. However, I wondered whether I could get better SQ with other options for the same price or less. Reading the forum extensively I landed on three possible candidates: Sennheiser HD25-1 II, Shure SRH840 or Westone UM3X (removable cables).
I realize that the price range of the HP's is quite different from the UM3X's. It's actually the reason for my options. I'm wondering if I can get similar SQ for less money with HP's without having to use a portable amp. I don't mind suggestions of more expensive HP's but it has to work well unamped and have minimal leakage!
Anyone out here with experience with these three models and can provide an A/B/C comparison? Any tips, everything is welcome!