A family member is looking for a set of isolating headphones that meet the following requirements, in order of importance:
Isolate well - She wants to use her headphones in loud environments.
Budget: Must be under $40 U.S. She will mistreat them. Spending
too much money would be impractical.
Convenient - The headphones must not require a steep learning curve. IEM's are out of the question. The headphones must be easy to use by the common layperson. Must be able to insert headphones with one hand (without reaching over and pulling up on ear with the other hand).
Durable - I'm looking for headphones that can stand up to abuse. Apparently she "goes through headphones' in under a year. Like hotcakes. I'm assuming she tosses her headphones into her gym bag, and crams them into her pockets, too. I can't convince her to change her habits. And of course, she uses them while exercising - which means sweat on headphones...
The reason I listed isolation as the most important factor is because I informed her about the importance of hearing protection. Listening to music in loud environments with headphones that don't provide isolation puts the user at great risk for noise induced hearing loss.
I realize that I'm posting this kind of thread in a forum where sound-quality is the most important factor concerning headphones. However, I still feel that head-fi members would be more knowledgeable about the topics I covered in this post, compared to some of the users of some other forums.
If this thread becomes successful, I'll recommend the pair of headphones suggested to friends who are looking for a "beater" to use during situations where sound-quality is NOT a priority.
Thanks for your time.
P.S. I figured that isolation + durability + other factors (without regard to sound quality) make my issue unique enough to start a new thread. I did make a cursory search.