Aside from enjoying your audio bliss, how can you stand the ridicule you receive?
Edited by inarc - 4/23/11 at 12:10am
I wear my Shure SRH840s in public... which in all fairness are pretty ridiculous looking, but I'm 6 foot 1, 245lbs, full beard, look like a lumberjack. Nobody even dares to crack a smile let alone a laugh.
Now Jecklin Floats? No thanks! LOL
Get portable headphones for portable use. There are excellent sounding iems or smaller headphones. If the headphones are that ugly in your opinion, then is the paranoia worth it? If you can't enjoy music out of lesser equipment, then you're probably missing the point of music all together.
I love the fact that, even in a thread where no recommendations were even asked for, the M50s are still recommended. What is wrong with head-fi lately??!!! Next I'm going to be in the high-end forum, and somebody will ask what to replace their HE-90's with... "M50s man, they're the best headphones out there plus you don't have to lug around that big ugly glass thing everywhere".
I'm so ugly, headphones actually improve my appearance.
My HFI-780s aren't really too "loud" - black and silver is pretty accepted in public, and while they're decently big, they're not air traffic controller big. I can't hear what people say about them, anyway, since I'm listening to music.
One thing I hate about wearing IEMs at work sometimes is that people won't see you have them in, and they're halfway through their conversation before you realise they're talking.
I think the ATH earsuit range balances sound quality and aesthetics pretty well. I wouldn't feel too silly wearing the ES7, ESW9, ESW10 or ES10 outside.
I daren't wear the Edition 8 out and about due to their price, but they definitely blend SQ and good looks.
Personally I find the M50 too bulky for public use and the HD25 reminds of some sort of orthodontic headgear when not used in the vicinity of some decks.
However, they both make excellent ear-muffs in the winter.