Have been a reader here on HF, but this is my first post as I'm looking to pick up my first pair of higher end headphones and am looking to get some insight. To start off, I have posted in this section as I have been leaning a bit more towards a pair of IEM's, but I am still open to any design if it offers comfort and comparable sound quality. Now then, onto the infos:
Source - Laptop or Android phone. FLAC quality when I'm hanging out, streaming music on the go (Slacker / Pandora).
Music - I listen to a lot of electronic music - dubstep, house, just about any form of electronica. I also listen to a lot of lighter, indie and acoustic music - think Ray LaMantagne, Coldplay, Calexico, The Strokes, Iron & Wine, etc.
Price - Around $150. Will consider a tad bit higher if the value is there.
Needs - In order of importance to me: Sound quality, comfort, noise isolation
I will be using these headphones at home, at work, and on the go, sometimes for hours at a time. I work 10 hour shifts in a data center, so comfort and sound isolation is of relative concern to me. I would like something which will help block out the thousands of fans we have in our servers while preventing me from having to blast my music.
After doing a bit of research it sounds like IEM's are a good way to go with regards to isolation and long-term comfort. I have came across several models which sound promising, but I'm not sure how they would fit for the style of music I listen to - HiFiMAN RE-262, Fischer Audio DBA-02, Etymotic HF5, Ultimate Ears UE700, etc. The Etymotic sounds like the go-to brand for the best sound isolation, but I am concerned if they will have enough bass for electronic music.
Obviously I'm still an audio-noob-phile, so please feel free to make suggestions, corrections, or lend some advice! I am very open to any ideas tossed my way.