Hello all. I've got a great setup and I'd hate to ruin it with a shoddy pair of cans. My Sennheisers died so I'm hoping you can help.
I consider myself an audiophile but I don't have hundreds of dollars for a real quality pair of headphones. I'm looking for the best value for around $100. Please see my specs below.
•Pioneer PL10 Turntable
•McIntosh MAC4280 Receiver
•Cambridge Audio DacMagic Digital to Analog Converter
•Focal 814v and 705v speakers
•Sennheiser PMX-200 headphones (cord broken - why I'm here)
•Droid X (w Subsonic network streaming my library lossless where possible)
Drone / Collage Music / Post Rock (Stars of the Lid)
Ambient / Minimal / Experimental (Brian Eno, Wolfgang Voigt)
60s Funk (Booty's bass and Bernie Worrell's synth licks)
Electronic / Downtempo (a ton of Underword and Lemon Jelly)
Moog Synthesizer / Hammond organs (TONTO's Expanding Head Band)
Dream Pop / Shoegaze / Slowcore / Indie (Low's catalog)
Nu Balearic / Chillwave / Blisscore (Youth Lagoon)
Cut Up / Mash Up / Plunderphonics (2manydjs)
And Avant Garde madness like Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica, Bruce Haack, Dr John's Gris Gris, John Cage, Sun Ra, and Tom Waits.
• Powerful and clear reproduction of the walls of sound encountered during Spiritualized's "Cop Shoot Cop" and Low's "Nothing But Heart" are critical.
(Spiritualized has a full orchestra and gospel choir backing the band.) Trout Mask is similarly complex, though far more lo-fi.
DESIRED HEADPHONE FEATURES (if possible):
•Over the ear format
•Metal, not plastic
•Fold flat rotating cups for easy storage
•Carying case would be a big plus (back and forth to work daily)
•Detachable or cloth-wound cable to prevent fraying
•Noise isolation (to drown out the Backstreet Boys playing at work)
•Stylish and unique design is also a plus
The Bowers and Wilkins P5s meet every feature on my list, but at $300 they're a bit too expensive for me. I would consider buying them used however.
The Sennheiser PMX-200s were satisfactory for portable listening but I know I can do much better.
My suspicion is that there won't be a solution in the $100 range. I've read through the "Shootout" and similar articles but other than the P5s nothing appeals.
I welcome your recommendations! THANK YOU in advance.
Edited by innerspaceboy - 8/17/11 at 9:30am