I have been searching around these forums for a while, and although there's a few threads about closed back phones it normally comes down to HD25s or Beyer DT1350. I used to have HD25s, and they were GREAT headphones, but they weren't VERY portable, and they are also very expensive.
SO! The time has come for me to get some closed back phones (the PX100s are so terrible on the underground in London!), and I need some advice, and this might also help as a reference for someone like me in the future, searching the forums.
I will just use headphones, unamped, with an iPod nano (a situation many commuters may en up in, regardless of setup at home), on the London Underground, buses etc. to listen to rock, folk, drone etc. and I have an ideal budget of around £50 (about $80) and an absolute max of £85 (about $140). I can't use IEMs as I have never found a comfortable pair, and also the extreme isolation is a bit too much for me, I need to at least slightly hear the traffic!
A bit of research has yielded this shortlist here... and I have annotated some concerns with each model. Which of these headphone models do you guys think is the best in terms of sq, portability, durability and isolation? I'm sure there isn't just one in the list that wind out on all fronts...
Sennheiser PX200-II - closed back sister of my beloved PX100, however reviews suggest that the bass response is bad, and overall sound quality not so good as PX100.
Aiaiai Tracks - good reviews for SQ, but reviews hint at (although don't explicitly say) that these are as leaky as open back phones, so I'd still be able to hear the tube and nothing else.
Jays C-Jays - Not as well reviewed as V-Jays, plus I have no idea how much leak in and out a "semi-closed" design give.
Beyerdynamic DTX300 p - they look light and very portable (good fold), but I have no idea about SQ. Possibly to middy for what I like (I am pretty into the PX100 sound, nice punchy bass. Highs don;t come through too well though).
Beyerdynamic DT235 - Not very portable, but good price, but how does the SQ match up considering the lack of portability?
Audio-Technica ATH-ES55 - VERY good reviews for SQ, however they are at the absolute top end of my budget, and furthermore they aren't very foldable. The main question for this set is are they robust enough to live an evening in a backpack without being folded up? Does the SQ of this set justify stretching my budget that far?
Anyway, I may have missed some competitors here, feel free to mention them and add them into the list, and then hopefully this thread will help other people looking for a headset for commuting without breaking the bank!
Thanks, in advance, for all your help.
Edited by greendream - 7/25/11 at 6:37am