Budget: up to $400 used
Main concerns: blocking sudden sharp noises; active noise cancelling is not very important, because the only constant noise is a fairly benign air conditioner, but there's lots of talking, coughing, typing, etc. I also need a set comfortable enough to wear for 4-8 hours a day.
Musical preference: Mostly jazz, some rock.
IEMs aren't really an option. I have some that I use at the gym, and while they do block a lot of noise, I can't wear them for extended periods of time.
I have a ATH-M50 that I've been using, but I need something that can block more sound, especially because the CEO has become fond of the "open office environment" (no sound insulation at all for the entire floor) which will be implemented in my working area within the next few weeks.
What would you guys recommend?
Edited by gsilver - 7/21/12 at 10:12am