Originally Posted by typhoon838
I'm in this situation again. I was about to purchase the M50x, but now I'm questioning that.
I'd like a portable, closed/isolating (don't leak noise), very comfortable aggressive-sounding pair of headphones that I can wear in public without looking silly, along with being easy to drive.
Portable means that preferably, if I wear them while going out somewhere, I don't have to have a backpack on to keep them in if I decide not to listen any more, and I'd rather not have to fully remove them if I need to talk to someone. I think this means that what I'm looking for is a pair that has earcups that swivel so I can easily wear them around my neck if I need to. If I'm failing to consider an option here, let me know.
Noise leakage - self explanatory.
Comfortable - I have a big head. So I guess that should be taken into account. I owned v-moda crossfade LPs at one point and the comfort was atrocious. My ears felt like they were being crammed inside an area far too small - there was too much contact. So I'd like to avoid anything like that.
Sound signature - I mentioned aggressive, and I think that's what I want. I listen to hard rock, metal, metalcore (more commonly incorrectly referred to as screamo), and electronic. I've been told that what I'm looking for is a v-shaped sound signature, so the drums and bass hit hard and the guitar is prominent. What I know for sure is that I don't want headphones that sound relaxing or laid back. I want exciting and crisp. I want them to attack my ears and get me pumped and in to the music. All with minimal negative effect on the quality, of course.
Wearing in public...I think this is pretty self explanatory too.
I'll be using these straight with my Galaxy Note 3 and laptop, so easy to drive is a must.
I've owned V-moda Crossfade LPs (hated because of the fit, and the music just sounded muddy and bloated), Panasonic RP-HTF600-S (they sounded boring and I couldn't get in to the music unless I EQ'd the crap out of them, and they leaked noise), and the Sony MDR-7520 (They sounded good I guess, just not $350 good. Had to EQ to get them to sound how I wanted. They also weren't great in terms of portability.)
As a final note, the sound signature isn't as much of an issue as long as the headphones respond well to EQ and tick the rest of the boxes. Likewise, I think I can live with not being able to wear them around my neck and just holding them/putting them in my backpack if the headphones otherwise match my criteria (what do people normally do here? I mean, I live on a college campus, so lots of walking, but lots of interaction too).
I'm looking at the ATH-M50x, the NVX XPT100 (same as HM5), KRK-KNS 500, Ultrasone HFI 580, and a few others. Feel free to recommend anything - these are all in the same price range but I'm willing to pay up to $400 as long as I get my money's worth.