Hello, I'm new here, although I've been lurking for a while. I'm an expat living in Tokyo and for my birthday I was thinking about buying a pair of good headphones and a new audio player (instead of my 1GB 3rd gen iPod Shuffle), only... my birthday was in November and despite 3 visits at a good headphone shop, I haven't been able to choose.
My requirements are a bit tricky to meet I believe, because I want good isolation for when I commute (Tokyo is noisy; I tried some sound cancelling ones but wasn't satisfied) and I listen to many kinds of music: can be rock, prog metal, j-rap, k-pop, jazz, disco... basically anything that isn't growl metal, electronic or club music. Put simply, I like melodic music -- so I'll probably need fairly neutral cans -- and my favourite band is Dream Theater.
The headphones that most appeal to me right now are the Beyerdynamic DT1350, which I'll have to try once more to check if the treble is too strong for me. I tried the B&W P5 and liked them at first, but they have a bit too much personality. I liked the sound on the Shure 750DJ, but they just look odd on my head.
A problem with the beyers though is their relatively high impedance, 80 ohm, which is barely enough to drive my small Shuffle. I wanted to buy a Nano (the small square one) and I expect it to have more or less the same output power. I have three questions:
1) I'm not a big fan of Apple and I'm picking the Nano for its 16GB and competitive price (the Sony ones cost more and look inferior in quality). Do you have other suggestions for a small, not too expensive player? Keep in mind I live in Japan.
2) Assuming I'll need a portable amp, what would you recommend? I've set my eyes on the FiiO E6 for size and sufficient power, since it shouldn't be too hard to drive 80 ohm.
3) Although I've pointed the beyers for their design and build quality, feel free to give other suggestions!
Thanks for the kind attention you're giving to this "audiophile" noob :)