I've been lurking these forums for about 4 weeks now, today is my first day as an actual member. Firstly I'm amazed at the number of quality reviews and topics on this forum, it's out of this world.
I need some help though, I'm lost when it comes to headphones. I recently bought my first smartphone, the iPhone 4, and use it as my primary DAP. I'm travelling on a bus to university everyday or walking down depending on the weather. I'm looking for a set of headphones to help pass the time and put me in a good mood. Here is the criteria I'd like, my budget, and some headphones I've found.
I have cheap Skullcrushers for active stuff like running/biking etc so these wouldn't be used for any activities such as that, just sitting at home, library, on the bus and walking around the city. I have had a set of Sony MDR 7505's before and I liked them but they just didn't fit well with my glasses, as well I had a set of Shure 115's, I really enjoyed these sound wise but they did hurt my ears.
300.00$ plus taxes CDN
I'm a university student, considering that $300 is almost my monthly rent I don't want to go over that limit.
- Preferably have an iPhone in line remote (not a necessity)
- Circumaural or at least on ear (had a set of Shure 115's back in high school (2003), liked them but my ears would hurt after a few hours)
- Noise cancellation isn't a huge deal for me, given my environments I feel that most options wouldn't work (public buses)
- Prefer a single cable rather than the y cable style
- Removable / detachable cable (I destroy cables, always what ruins my headphones)
- I cannot afford an amp and I really do not want one (portability reasons)
I listen to a wide variety of music, mostly blues, rock, jazz and some vocal. Very little HipHop or Rap, and occasionally some metal.
V-Moda Crossfade LP - $199.95
Bose On-Ear - $179.95
B&W P5 - $299.95
Shure SRH 440 - $99.95
Shure SRH 840 - $229.95
Klipsch Image One - $149.95
Sennheisser HD 428 - $99.95
These are what I've found in this forum to be some of the better options. I really did enjoy the sound from the Shure 115's I owned and aside from the cable breaking they worked perfectly. I do enjoy the specs and looks of the B&W P5's, especially the cord and inline iPhone controls but from what I've heard they aren't the best bang for the buck.
Sorry if this is in the wrong section, and I don't want to seem like one of those members who posts only once and then leaves. I greatly appreciate any help that can be provided and I can't wait to contribute back to the community.
P.S. I live in a very odd set of climates from 38C to - 17C depending on where I live throughout the year so I'd like something that would be comfortable in the warmer, more humid climate.
Edited by Murdoc - 4/4/11 at 6:43am