Agreed. Isolation is somewhat subjective. You won't get the same isolation as NC headphones or IEM but the m-80 blocks out most of the surrounding noises. I had the xb-500 and they were definitely bad at isolation on top of leaking a lot. And they looked ridiculous on my head...but so comfortable.
Really true, did a test today and the M-80s did fairly well. I was in Humanities and everyone in the class is obnoxious and loud so I put the sound around half way up on my iPod and I could only hear the teacher in a loud discussion but normal talk and sounds of a classroom are drowned out. Not as good at isolating as Westone 1s with Comply Tips but hey they are not IEMs. And walking throughout the hall listening to the more quiet acoustic songs of Foo Fighters Albums and all the underclassman who are really loud are un-hearable but then again are my friends when volume is cranked. XB500s were my last phones and ya un-usable in public but oh my god so much padding!
Edited by kevinzemaitis - 2/5/12 at 12:04pm