hi, yep - it's another fresh new-comer holding out his cap and calling out for some free advice.
I'm trying to decide which headphones will be a really good choice for listening primarily to electronic music, they must be suitable for use outside of the house (so no open-back types) and I have a budget limit of $300.
(...yes, I know I could pick up a pair of cans that would literally change my life for around $400, but I really can't afford to spend more than $250 - $300).
I have done quite a bit of reading up on headphone reviews on various sites but I'm still not feeling confident about which brand to go with. Initially I liked the look of the BlueAnt 'Embrace' but then I decided against them. I am now probably trying to choose between the following 'phones:
Shure SRH840 (with the intention of buying a budget portable amp in the fairly near future)
Sennheiser IE60 (really like what I've read about the IE80s but unfortunately they're a bit pricey for me)
Audio Technica ATH-M50
Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro-80 (again planning to buy amp later on).
I am a bit of a bass-head I guess (I have a nice quality sub-woofer in my stereo system) I mainly tend to listen to alternative kinds of electronic music - not the 'minimal' more like acoustic art kinda stuff but either the pretty, atmospheric kind of thing (usually female vocals), laid back stuff with a good chilled-out beat or kind of darker electronica. I would also like the headphones to cope well with dance (eg. breaks), rock and hip-hop. (have Grado's for classical - so not worried about that).
***IMPORTANT*** They've got to be capable performers in the bass department (even if I'm going to have to get a portable amp to get the full benefit). But, I want to hear the music as close as possible (budget permitting) to how the musicians, producers intended it to be heard. I love my electronic music - so quality, powerful bass is high on my priority list, but I don't want headphones that make the low frequencies more dominant than they were meant to be.
When I started researching I was really just looking for a good deal on a set of cans to replace my Ultimate Ears Super-Fi 5s, ie: that I could wear at the gym. (I find the UE's get itchy in my right ear after about 40 minutes). But as I got more and more into reading the reviews I started to realise that maybe my Bose 'Quiet Comfort 2's weren't quite the beez-knees in the mid-range market of headphones I had thought they were. So, ideally it would be good if I could wear them at the gym ...(I might look like a bit of a muppet wearing the DT 770s at the gym) but I'm willing to forego that if they excel in playing the music I like much better than my Bose QCs.
But they need to be at least averagely durable and have adequate sound isolation to be suitable for wearing out of the house (I'm not talking sub-way trains or in-flight though).
I'm not in the kind of income-bracket where I can just go 'oh well' and go straight out and buy another pair if I make a bad choice, and music is a big deal to me (as I'm sure it is to all of you head-fi-ers out there in the community) so I would really, really appreciate any sound advice any of you guys can offer).
Thanks, Toby (Australia)