I've been browsing this forum and have found it to have a great wealth of information on high quality audio equipment, yet I haven't read anything on usage of portable rigs for people in the aviation business.
As this is my first posting here I'd like to introduce myself: I'm, a maintainer assigned to a KC-135 stratotanker(air refueling jet) It is equipped with four F-108 high bypass turbofan engines that produce a LOT of noise in flight. I often travel in the aircraft and have found that I need to constantly wear ear protection during flights. I have also found that listening to music during long flights is an absolute MUST to deal with the constant whine of the large engines, and it also helps to put me to sleep on long missions.
Lately I have used a setup with a pair of JVC In-ear-monitors and my ipod nano gen 6. I was able to clip the nano to my line badge(which hangs from my neck on a lanyard) and keep the IEMs in my ears but had to wear ear defenders to block out the rest of the aircraft noise. NOTE: clipping to line badge probably won't be something I'm going to do with an amp.
My problem: aircraft noise and ear defenders are not comfortable while also wearing in-ear monitors. Also very awkward when sleeping and turning to the side, knowing the ear defenders will not allow that to happen.
My question: Since I've decided on the RSA Shadow amp to supplement my nano 6th gen, what over-the-ear headphones can benefit from an AMP setup and are comfortable to wear for at most 12-16 hours on end and are collapsible for travel? I've been reading about the Pioneer HDJ 2000 and have found it to have satisfied users in the comfort factor, but will an amp help them in any way? I've also been reading about the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 being the most popular for its price range, but users complain about it clamping their heads too tight. Not sure on how it performs with a high quality AMP like the ones made by Ray Samuels though.
I am also open to hearing suggestions of other over-the-ear headphones in the $300 or less price range that can benefit from amping. Even possible, if there are any high quality IEM sets around the same range that could possibly block out the sound from 4 large jet engines, any suggestions or comments are welcome~