I am after the best headphones for air travel (my line of work so I will be using them airborne frequently). Sound quality is my first priority and noise reduction is the second. I've looked through the forums here for several hours, but I'm a bit of a noob and now pretty confused by the choise - I want a closed/around ear headphones and I'm not interested in IEMs - I know ANC is meant to be great for air-travel, but some of the threads on here seem to suggest you can get similar noise attenuation from decent closed-ear phones without ANC, with the added benefit of better sound quality / lower cost?
The headphones would be un-amped, using a Macbook Air as the source. I have been scouring the forums here for reviews and have narrowed down the SXC-450s and ATH-ANC7b as possible candidates. My budget is flexible but up to around US$350.
If anyone has owned these, or other suitible ANC or non-ANC headphones, and has any suggestions about what would give great sound qaulity / noise reduction being used unamped from a Macbook, I would love to hear from you!
PS: My home setup is: AD900s connected to a ZERO Amp/DAC using my PC (Creative X-Fi sound card) as a source - I know I can't get something that sounds like this unamped for use in the air, but anything decent should beat the white Apple earbuds I currently use while away! :-)