I hesitated to post, wasn't sure as a newbie with a low post count but here goes...
I was over at Headfonia looking for versatile phones that don't leak much, are more closed than open, and that I'll be wearing around town. I listen to less aggressive rock, electronic (trance), movie soundtracks. What came down the vine was the ATH M50 and the Fidelio L1 as a good options for sub $300 (I brought them up).
What really hooked me into the Fidelio's [http://www.headfonia.com/philips-fidelio-l1/] is the nice clean, "urban" look and good range, comfort. On the other hand the M50 [http://www.headfonia.com/closed-cans-shootout-m-50-esw-9-t50p-hd25-1-beats-studio-srh-840-srh-750dj-k181dj-and-dj1pro/3/] is touted as phones that will get you "feeling the music".
My overall impression is that if the M50 looked like the Philips I'd spring for it right away. Are they as conspicuous as I think they are? I'm looking at the big headband and large lettering and hesitate.
On the other hand the only reason I'm looking at headphones is because I really want a good listening experience. Would the M50 win hands down or as a newbie with no prior audiophile headphone experience, could I get away with the L1?
Thanks for any advice! Cheers,
Edited by please22 - 9/30/12 at 1:03pm