Hey, I've been visiting these forums occasionally for over a year now, but have never really had any gear that would allow me to experience very good sound quality. I'm hoping to change that now.
I'm looking for closed, circumaural headphones, below 70$, and I'm of course, speaking of online prices. Unfortunately, 70$ is kinda pushing it, and I'll only consider that much if the Sony MDR-V6s are waaaaay better than the rest. I'm considering these:
Sony MDR-V6 Impedance: 63 Ω Sensitivity: 106 dB SPL/1mW
Audio-Technica ATH M30 Impedance: 65 Ω Sensitivity:100 dB SPL/1mW
Superlux 668B Impedance: 56 Ω Sensitivity: 98 dB SPL/1mW
Sony XB-500 Impedance: 40 Ω Sensitivity: 104 dB SPL/1mW
Probably the most important consideration is that I'm only going to be using these headphones unamped, with an iPod Touch, and occasionally with the PC (no sound card). Hence the presence of the Sony XB-500s which have the lowest impedance and the highest sensitivity of the lot, I'm afraid the other three won't be suitable for unamped use, but since I really don't know much about this, I was hoping you guys could help. Also, I know the Superlux 668B is semi-open, which is fine, if the sound quality really is as good as most of the reviews on and off these forums say it is.
I live in India, which is important, because once I get the headphones, I'm never going to be able to avail of any warranty, or send the headphones back if I'm not satisfied, etc. So durability is quite important.
I'm really new to high quality audio, the best headphones I've listened to for over 5 minutes are the MDR-V6s. Apart from that, I've used Sennheiser HD 203s, HD 202 IIs, but never anything better.
I know these headphones are all very different, but with the somewhat extensive research I've done, these stood out the most!
The generally favourable things I've read about the MDR-V6s make me lean towards them, but the price and the fact that they have a coiled cord (and I will probably be traveling with these) make me reconsider.
The Audio-Technica ATH-M30s seem like the best bet right now, what with price, reviews of sound quality, and portability taken into consideration.
I'm afraid Superlux is an unfamiliar name to me, and I prefer closed headphones, (though a review by ljokerl said they still offer decent isolation) and unlike with the latter two choices, I haven't read anything too good (or, for that matter, bad) about the durability. So I'm really not too sure about it.
I've listened to the XB-300s before and liked them quite a bit, but I've never had a chance with the XB-500s. I'd love to just get these and be done with it, but I'm trying to shake off my preference for extra bass, and learn to appreciate more neutral sound.
Apart from these, should I be considering the Sennheiser HD 203s?
I know this is a poorly written post, but it's the best I can do with my thoughts so muddled! Thank you for your time, and help would be greatly appreciated!