Hi, I've been browsing the forum for a while and managed to narrow down my choice of headphones to the two listed and unfortunately I can't find anywhere that you can demo these, so I'm wondering if anyone can help with which would be best for me before I order one.
OK, so to help, I want noise isolating because I want to listen primarily to music in a reasonable noisy "staff room" environment while I'm waiting for my kids to finish music lessons etc, and also to use on train journeys and a small number of flights. I've tried noise cancelling and there just isn't enough isolation with these to remove the people talking around me, so this is why I'm now looking at closed cans. I also have a pair of UE 700's, which do a good enough job of sound isolation, but having had them for a couple of months, I'm finding them just too uncomfortable in my ear to wear for any length of time, and I also find them a bit light on bass.
All of my listening will be driven from either an iPod Touch, or iRiver H320. I don't have an amp. I listen mainly to rock/indie/pop with a little jazz/classical thrown in and I like my music to be failry neutral - in other words don't really want a bass heavy sound, just the bass as it was meant to be!
From what I've read, I'm tempted by the M50's, as these maybe have better sound quality, but the HD-25's look more portable, possibly more comfortable and I only need a short straight cable to connect to the iPod (which is a bit of a disadvantage with the M50 having the coiled cable or long straight).
So really, I think I have a couple of questions:
Is the sound isolation much different between the two?
Is the sound quality much different between them when using an iPod?
When using the M50's portably, is the coiled cable likely to be a real pain?
Thanks for taking the time to read this far!