Since I found this thread out just now let's copy and paste;
Hello everybody. I want to buy a new pair of headphones. I was originally fixated on either ATH-M50 or Etymotic HF3 but as long as the specifications are met, I'm open to practically anything below $200.
I'll use the headpones for some purposes:
- Listening to Metal music when in the gym (lifting not running/jogging/walking)
- Listening to classical music when studying
- Watching movies and videos
- Listening to practically anything in the school bus
I also want them to be:
- Portable so that I can carry them in my school bag (or a case in the school bag)
- Not detach me from the world
- Comfortable (Both are pretty good I think)
- Durable and robust
Since mostly I'll listen to metal and classical, I figure bass and mids will be important. Specifically bass should be strong (I will not go as far as to say I'm a basshead but I like a pounding bass for my metal and for the likes of Tocatta and Fugue). I also like listening to a LOT of violin so whatever that sounds good for classical should be important as well (I'm a bit noob here).
Thanks a lot.
PS No amp and not interested in one.
Edit: Now thinking about Grado SR80i, 60i or the ATH-M50. Still lost. I also can feasibly get Monster Turbine Pro.
For mid-focused headphones....Audio Technica's headphones comes to mind. You probably don't want the Grados if you want to listen to your music on the bus since Grado headphones are open-back (meaning they leak a lot of sound and have very little noise isolation). The M50's are the general recommendation headphone for a good all-arounder at $130 USD, but I'm not sure they would be the best headphones for classical music in that price range.