Hi, I'm a newbie in need of some suggestions for my first pair of cans.
Max Price: $150 (prefer to buy new)
Source: iPod, no amp
Music: equal parts hard rock, r&b and alternative (also some jazz and classical)
Current shortlist: ath m50 ($130), phiaton ms400 ($120), Philips uptown ($140)
Due to my location (Aus) I won't be able to test any of the phones and am relying totally on reviews/forums. I would like a pair that's built very solidly and will easily last 5+ years. Also, as they will come with me to uni (college) on occasion they need to be somewhat portable and not leak any sound.
No idea what sound signature I like but have cx300-ii in ears and find them too bassy.
Any suggestions or advice would be much appreciated.
Making the dubious assumption that your prices & availability are close to those in the US, get the Shure SRH 840 (mid bass hump and somewhat recessed highs) or the KRK KNS 8400 for a brighter and more neutral sound signature.