I wonder if you can help here. I'd be very grateful for some suggestions for some closed-back on or over ear headphones (ideally between £30 and £120) for portable use with an iPod.
I've had three pairs of Sennheiser 202 HD now. They are excellent budget headphones (closed, £20-£30) but the weakest link is always the cable which breaks after a year or two, so I'm looking for more study alternatives.
I've just bought a pair of Beats Solo HDs after listening to my friend's, but I think I've made the wrong purchase. The reviews on these are very mixed. I didn't get them as a badge!
I don't think the build quality is particularly brilliant, and I'm not convinced the sound is that great. It's good, but I don't think the it's very lively (I've been reading about 'burn-in' so perhaps this will improve it over time). I listen, mostly, to very bass-heavy rock music (Pixies, Mclusky, the Hives, the Kinks) but also more acoustic music.
I really like the design features on the Beats cable (the fact that it is sturdy, detachable, has in-line volume, and has a flat, right-angled jack at the iPod end), but these are not closed headphones and so leak sound. As I listen to music on public transport a lot, I don't want to be 'one of those people' who have open headphones where everyone can hear the music. The 202s were really great for that, and didn't leak hardly any sound.
So what I'm looking for is fairly inexpensive closed headphones, ideally with a detachable cable (standard 3.5mm would be great), better still with a flat headphone jack. I have a few ideas, but would like to see what recommendations you can suggest.
Edited by DogandPonyShow - 6/6/12 at 1:44am