I can get a discount at the apple store for half off and am wanting the "best" pair possible. I under stand that this is relative to taste and preference. From the limited display (versus online) my top pick would have to be the B & W p5s. I loved the elegant design and the material felt of higher quality. The sound was very clear yet had strong mids and punchy lows. The sennheiser amperior also had great sound, but lacked refinement and just felt cheap. Its hard to buy a $350 pair that look that cheap and ugly. They were far more comfortable however. The Harman Kardon had a pretty good sound and I was also surprised by the much cheaper Sol Republics. I didnt care for the bose. The pair they had out was faulty and the other just couldnt put out the volume I wanted. The apple store website has some other great options that I have not tried on because they were not in the store and are online only. Some ones im still curious as to whether they are better than the P5s are the Philips Fidelio L1, and the Focal Spirit 1, which look great.
Does anyone have any experience and ear time with these head phones? I am in an alternative rock band, I write and co produce our music so clarity is very important to me, but I listen more for pleasure and still really like a good punchy bass from my regular play list. Right now my go to song for comparing is Death cab for cutie's "You are a tourist". The kick has a great eq and really demonstrates the ability of the headphone to balance out the clean thump yet still give supportive punch with out throwing mud over the whole mix.
Thank you for your help and advise!! Ive been researching and testing for a couple of months and am hoping to buy soon.