Over the past week or so I've been visiting the forums and other websites a lot looking into what'd be a nice replacement set of cans for my Sony NC-7 (actually thought these were good for a while, with the 'cancellation' turned on). I guess I owe it to my audiophile friend for dragging me in a bit, after seeing and sampling his higher end (from my perspective) headphones, Sony MDR V6 and Shure 440s (with 840 pads). I'm not sure my ears are trained well enough to discern the full difference but I'd like a more capable set of headphones regardless - sound isolation is also a big concern for me, as well as comfort and the subjective factor of style.
The often suggested M50's appeal to me a lot - I like what I hear about their sound, and they look great. Nowadays they sell for a little more than I'd like to pay, but still in the running.
More recently I've stumbled across the ATH Pro700Mk2, which are said to be real great for bass.
With the different sound signatures in mind, with the following artists and genres, will either have a significant edge?
Alternative, Punk, Progressive Metal, Pop Rock, Dance, J-rock, some orchestral, some dubstep
Artists: Tool, Paramore, Chevelle, Story of the Year, Uverworld, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Metric
With the m50s being described as the best all rounders, are the Pro700Mk2 too much of a bass head can to do any good or comparable vocal work? When I hear that the Mk2s are less capable for vocals I wonder what sort of genres fall under this weakness. Will EQ be able to make up this?
Again comfort, and especially isolation (with alternative pad options considered), are also factors I'd like to compare on.
Open to other suggestions, keeping in mind 150s the max I'd like to spend... and I might just eliminate based on unappealing design.
Sort of odd inclusion but are there any chain stores I could look out for where I could try these headphones at out?
Edited by Aulos - 9/26/11 at 8:19pm