Of course, as I know how I am, I'm experiencing a bit of buyer's remorse. I've been reading some reviews on the ESW9's and have noticed a lot of them criticize it's tendency to be more fragile, their bad sound isolation, and inferiority all-around to the M50's at ~$120. Could anyone shine light on this comparison? I found what others said about the M50's (Like their durability, soundstage, better isolation) were appealing to me. I saw a few other threads that compared the two directly but felt they were inconclusive. I also feel more inclined to like a circumaural set of headphones (which the m50's are) against supra aural (contrary to what I said earlier... sorry!).
Could some who have tried both elaborate on the ESW9's vs. the M50's for my interests (below, quoted from my earlier posts)?
Hey guys, always been interested in high-end audio and will probably be an audio enthusiast in the future.
Bottom line: I'm looking for the best setup possible (preferably portable) for under (or slightly above $200). I really don't know where to start!
The music I love:
My favorite artists are The Beatles, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Wolfmother, King Crimson, and others of the spacy-progressive-ish rock type, as well as electronic music like Daft Punk and a good amount of dubstep. I'm very particular about my audio files - my favorite albums are in FLAC (mainly just for archival) and I'm sure to get the cleanest audio file possible from the best source (like vinyl, directly from CD, etc.)
As for preferences in the style of them, I really don't care whether they're open ended or closed. I just want great audio :D
I got my brother the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7 about a month or two ago after doing some research for what he wanted (noise cancelling as a priority), and I was thoroughly excited about the audio quality after giving is a go with my own music - I loved how clear it sounded compared to what I was listening with before... I felt like the music had depth and a 3D space to it. AWESOME. The vocals and instrumentation just jumped into reality (to my inexperienced ears at least, lolz).
Anyway, I just want the best setup I can get that suits my listening interests, including (but not necessarily) an amp. My source will mainly be a 160GB iPod Classic.
tl;dr About a $200 budget to get an the best headphones and/or amp for my Floyd/Beatles and electronic music interests. Help!
Edited by Kbiscu1t - 4/17/11 at 7:46pm