Hi. I'm an IEM user but I'm probably gonna get into headphones.
I looked through this website and found good ones such as Denon D2000, ATH M50, DT990 pro, and HFI 580. **I won't be using an amplifier for it.
I want a good isolated headphone but I'm also looking for a stagesound.
I listen to a lot of rap, r&b, club music, electronic and some piano music also.
I will be plugging this into my iPod and my laptop.
What's the best one out of these or do you guys have other recommendations? My budget is 250. thanks.
i posted about this earlier, read this:
i've got the same problem as you, and i decided on the AIAIAI TMA-1, mainly for the durability, portability and overall claim that it's a rather good but underrated headphone. the only thing with the tma-1 is that it's dark by default, so a little EQing of the treble and highs is in order. if you don't mind using an EQ, these are probably fine. i've yet to get mine, but i'm anxious to receive them.
if i hadn't decided on the tma-1's, i'd probably have gone for either the m80 or the ms400, preferring the latter.
the m80 doesn't seem as portable, considering that it's made of metal and seems quite large. however, they do come with a hardshell casing. don't know much about them other than that.
the ms400 is said to have quite good isolation, comfort and weight, plus it looks smaller, but doesn't seem as durable. an interesting fact about the ms400 is that it has carbon fiber in it. i've never heard of nor seen that in other headphones, so that caught my attention.
the HD 25-1 II is pretty widely recommended as an all arounder (with user replaceable parts) and that signature senn sound, but i don't like the idea of a split headband. i have fluffy hair, so the minimal padding on headphones such as grado's and the tma-1 doesn't bother me. also, i don't much like the look of them; the minimalistic touch of the tma-1 was more down my alley.
it might be worth it to mention that the tma-1 has a detachable standard 3.5mm cord, which was something i needed in my headphones.
there are a lot of $200 options, you should check out this comparison thread to get a better idea/explore some options.