I´m looking for a set of closed full-sized headphones to give them away as a birthday present for my girlfriend. I need to make my mind in the upcoming days, because the date is quite close and they need to be shipped and all that stuff.
She mainly listens to Rock (Franz Ferdinand, Muse, Snow Patrol...) and some R&B (Usher, Ne-Yo..). Though she doesn´t know anything about audio, she loves good quality listening and likes balanced and detailed sound. I´m sure that any of them would make a great present, but I would like to read some advice, because although I´ve read all the reviews possible, I can´t make a decision.
One of the most important factors in the final purchase is the isolation. The other important factor is the balanced sound. Since I have no opportunity to try any of them in a store, I need to rely on the reviews. From what I´ve read, the Sony´s would have the best isolation, with the Koss´ in second position and the Denon´s in third. Am I correct?
The Denon´s costs almost the same as the Koss´ and the Sony´s together, so I don´t know if the investment would worth it. I have up to US$275/200€ budget, but don´t want to spend money needlessly. Other contenders are Audio Technica ATH-ES55, ATH-ES7 and ATH-A500, but I´m not very fond of them.
Also, if you tell me about the need of it, I will buy a Fiio E6 to match them, because she will use them through her Nokia X series for music cell phone´s headphone jack and her ipod shuffle.
What do you guys think? What should I buy her? Any other suggestions?
Edit: I discard the Audio Technica ATH-M50, the Sony MDR-V6/7506, the KRK KNS 6400 and 8400 and the Creative Audio Live!.
Edited by SLaRe - 9/11/11 at 2:38pm