Okay, I'm relatively new to the area of hi-fi audio and whatnot, so I want to ask people more knowledgeable than I am...
My dilemma... I currently have about $300 (maybe a teeny bit more) to spend on a great set of cans that will go with my iPod. And yes, I know that the iPod isn't the greatest music player out there in terms of sq, but I'll also be using these phones to connect to other people's systems... who knows?
-I'm into portable cans, but not so much that they sacrifice sound.
-I'm a little bit hard of hearing, so I probably want a set of phones with low impedance, so I can listen loudly without maxing the volume, I'm lacking especially in the bass end of hearing.
-Good isolation (I guess everyone looks for this.)
-Good comfort (I wear glasses.)
-Also not too important, but since I'll be wearing this during my commutes, I don't want them to be downright ugly, so style is always a plus.
I know I have some other thing to say.. I'l comment later.
So I'm looking into a couple phones that I'm considering.
ATH-ESW9A ($210 @ Amazon, is this reliable?)
Bowers & Wilkins P5 (I was originally going to buy this b/c of the looks and the compatibility, but head-fi kinda bashed this for the sound quality.) 299.99
ATH-M50S, only I wish it had a much shorter (1.5m) cord.. I hear it's 11m.. a little long. It's $110 on amazon.
I personally am leaning toward the more (imo) classier cans, such as the ESW9A and the B&W.
But the M50 has bigger drivers...
Remember, these are portable and so I guess I won't be really *that* concerned about wonderful sound, just something that will be a great use for everything.
Oh yeah, build quality matters.. I don't want these breaking on my head. :)
Recommendations or comments please?