Originally Posted by DigitalFreak
(Golum like voice) "My precious"
Give THIS a read.
Sounds good. I'm thinking of a used one from Amazon. They're pretty cheap that way.
Originally Posted by MuppetFace
I meant the Spirit One is controversial. The M-80s and ESW9s are pretty well-loved so far as I know.
In terms of size, I want to say the Spirit One is kind of similar in size to the ESW9 and folds the same way. I like all three tbh and don't think you could go wrong with any one of them.
Spirit One is the most comfortable for me, with the other two being a toss up. The Spirit One has a rather clean and balanced sound to my ears. The M-80 is the easiest to listen to with a slightly darker but less clear and detailed sound. The ESW9 is on the slightly brighter side, a bit splashy / ringy up top but still well balanced enough and detailed.
The V Modas are looking pretty good then. I think I'm mostly looking for some decent isolation, durability, portability, and something that's easy to listen to and isn't fatiguing even if it sacrifices some detail or fidelity. If I was able to sit down and just listen to the music I'd use my PFE232s. I like the ESW9's looks and their midrange timbre but I think I have to rule them out based on durability and isolation.
I've been using my KSC 75s lately when I worried about my IEMs getting caught on something and damaged or drenched in sweat but I've had to crank the volume a lot sometimes since they have no isolation. I'm not sure that a cheaper option will hold up for very long. Headbands and slider mechanisms offer a lot more places for stuff to go wrong. Maybe I should go through Joker's thread and see if I can find something cheaper.
I stopped by Best Buy again today and took a listen to what was on display. The best two were the Senn HD439 and ESW9. The Senn was like $100 too. Honorable mention might go to the Bose QC15 or Beats Pro if I could have listened to them with my own music. The QC15s own if you need ANC. They kick the soul and Beats to the curb in both isolation and sound.
Bose's silly demo station limited what I hear from them but they seemed to have tastefully boosted bass with decent quality through the rest of the spectrum. Definitely the way to go if you want ANC. Passive isolation is cheaper and better for SQ but in full size phones it's no good at all for lower midrange and bass frequencies. You'd never figure out that the Beats studio or the TOTL Soul had ANC unless someone told you. They're not even that good for a full size closed 'phone. The OEs had the kind of overly punchy bass that sound great for a while and the really gets on my nerves. The AEs seemed to have a more balanced FR than the other two but had less clarity. All the Boses seemed pretty lightweight and fragile but that probably helps a lot with their great comfort.
The whole Soul line was so-so. Kind of dull and a little veiled. The build wasn't so hot either. The Beats looked better in that regard. Might be worth it if they were cheaper than the HD439s or something.
The Klipsch Image One had lots of bass but tuned well enough to not be too muddy or obnoxious. The mids weren't doing it for though. A little dull and veiled. The treble was better but the mids ruined it for me.
I didn't like the Phillips Downtown at all. Dull, veiled, and grainy through the mids and treble. The Uptown was much better. Closer to the Senn's SQ but more expensive. Someone could find the looks or the build worth it though. The uptown was pretty inefficient though. It was the only one that need high gain on my UHA-4 And I almost maxed out the volume.
I don't know if the Beats are really supposed to sound like that or if it's just the crappy tracks they were playing through the demo station. A double bass in a jazz combo isn't supposed to *thump* like it does on the Studios. Even my XB700s don't do that. It keeps the tone right and gives you a larger than life deep and tactile feel. The Pro looked well built and sounded the best of the beats lineup but it's silly expensive for how it sounds. It also clamps pretty hard.Other than more overly punchy bass, not much stood out about the Solo or Mixer.
The HD439 was tied with the ESW9 for the best sound. It had even and clear mids, the cleanest treble of the bunch, and maybe just a slight bass emphisis. The fit and finish seemed good but at the same time it also felt cheap. Something about its plastic just felt "off" to me. Alo, it probably doesn't have the looks to get much traction in this kind of market.
Some other models of note without one on display were the Marley Exodus, Sol Rebulic Tracks, Koss DJ100, and the K550 I mentioned last time.
No V Modas though...