I'm a newbie to nice headphones (I've owned a Sennheiser CX-250, but that's about it). But I've been getting into the sound system thing a little bit (I now own an Infinity Beta 50 based 7.1 sound system). I'm looking for good headphones in the $50-$250 range (but could push it a little bit if necessary).
The things that are important are:
1.) Good isolation (I fly about once a week, I haven't listened to headphones much on planes because the background is so annoying).
2.) Relatively light bass - I'm not a bass head at all, very much the opposite. I like melodic bass lines, but nothing booming.
3.) I listen about 40% classical, 30% pop, 30% indie stuff (think White Stripes/Decemberists etc.) I will listen primarily on my ipod nano or my macbook pro - I doubt I will use an amplifier (unless there is a very small one)
4.) Comfortable for long periods of time (i've found a lot of cheap earphones annoying - and was worried about going IEM based on this....but i really need noise isolation and small size for travel)
The earphones I am currently looking at are:
1.) Etymotics Research ER-4PT - But I'm a little worried about putting something that deep in my ear - also about microphonics, if I am listening while typing/reading a paper (i'm a grad student).
2.) Infinity X1 Executive - Probably the leader right now, since the major complaint seems to be weak bass. Don't know how customs compare.
3.) Audio Technica ATH-CK10 - A little on the high end price wise, but it seems like the sound is very good.
4.) 1964 EARS 1964S - I've heard great things about the 1964T, but don't know how the S compares to the Infinity X1. Could anybody lend some help here?
5.) 1964 EARS 1964D - Again on the high end price wise - but if they are almost 1964T's, then maybe worth it?
6.) Sunrise SW-Xcape - Great price, and supposedly only a step down from everything else listed. How much will I hear the difference, not being a huge audiophile?
Thanks so much for any help/suggestions,
Edited by Lyuokdea - 4/17/11 at 12:54pm