Hey, I've been browsing head-fi.org for about two years now, particularly when I'm buying a new pair of headphones. I started off with a pair of Sennheiser eh350s (which I am currently using), graduated to a beautiful pair of Denon AH-D1100s which have since broken :(
I'm looking for a pair of around-ear/over-ear headphones in a similar price range as the Denon's, or slightly more (100-200 euros), to be used with my iPod on a daily basis. This means they need to be fairly sturdy, or at least not rely solely on one flimsy 'U hinge'. I mostly listen to Rock and Metal and Acoustic guitar pieces. I also play guitar and will likely use these with my modelling amplifier. Research has led me to these three headphones;
Audo Technica ATH-M50
Highly regarded by some on these forums; they are available for me to try out in a local store and are reasonably priced, but I kept finding mixed reviews, or ones that were not very helpful in deciding how they would work out for me.
Being relatively young headphones, there are few reviews on the PX-360. They are the cheapest pair of the three at just 100 euros and I have had many good experiences with my dad's sennheisers in the past (he still has a pair of HD560 Ovation II headphones). However they seem portable and structurally sound.
Another pair of headphones that are frequently recommended, but their prominent high-end is worrying me as I like bassy, chunky sounds without shrill/piercing highs. Also they are reported to leak sound.
I will be using these headphones on small public transport, in school and at home so I don't want a pair that leak sound like my open eh350s, and I am going on a trip to New Zealand this summer which will include some 55 hours or more on aeroplanes so isolation would be a good feature too. I don't have a problem with carrying around headphones of this size, so long as they aren't too weak. I have researched some on-ear headphones, and tried several on, but they don't seem as comfortable or as good at sound isolation as my Denons.
Soon I'll be going down to my local guitar store to try out the ATH-M50s and the SRH840s but from the look/reviews I get the feeling that they won't be what I'm looking for. I was hoping the helpful community here might be able to point me in the right direction.
Also, on a sidenote, would it be worth investing in a portable headphone amplifier (not an expensive one, preferrably <€40) to carry with my iTouch? Something like the Fiio E6.
Edited by Arnolox - 5/29/12 at 7:30am