first let me introduce myself (wes) and say that this forum is one of the busiest i've seen. currently 400+ viewing this one alone. wow.
anyway i'm in the market for a set of headphones and looking to spend around 100 dollars. please don't be sorry about my wallet. reason being, i've never even owned a decent pair before so i'm really trying to just get my foot in the door so to speak. i've been doing a lot of reading on here and have learned some things but also have created more questions. here is what i have so far. not gonna lie, i really dig the beats by dre. the way they look, the way they fit, but i don't want to spend 200 dollars on them as most on here would suggest. so i've been trying to find an alternative that will fit my need for style and fit, and also sound better. i'm not looking for crazy base, besides anything would be bassier than my iBuds. i listen to every type of music on the planet so i'm also not looking for a specific sound. after reading on here about headphones around 100 dollars i've came up with this list:
Denon AH D1001 - heard they fit great, sound good, but to me they look like ear protectors from the gun range
HD 555 - afraid aliens may abduct me. these things are crazy looking. kind of like it though.
HD 485 - really like these but i read that they are discontinued. i have found a pair online for 82 bux tho. so far these are on the top of my list especially with the replacable cord.
AT ES7 - look pretty good. can't remember about how they sound.
Goldring 150 - a little over my budget but will consider. look similar to the 555's but afraid my ears may burn up walking around outside.
ATH M50s - supposed to sound great. look kinda classic but they say for studio monitoring (practical for everyday listening?)
MS1 - no thanks. i'm sure they sound great but style is a factor here too ;)
ideally i would like an on ear model like the beats. and these will be powered off of my iphone and laptop. any advice would be greatly appreciated and i hope i have done enough searching around to exclude myself from the noob "what are the best for under 100 bux" type first posts.
Edited by westikle - 4/5/11 at 7:00pm