I am a very happy HD600 owner except when I am working and people around me are talking. The sound is fantastic, but so is the clarity of the conversations. I also have a pair of ER4S, but am looking for something a little more comfortable for some non-critical background music while im working. I primarily listen to classical and post rock (explosions in the sky, mogwai, etc) while working, but also listen to a fair amount of rock when I need a little more of a distraction.
I am mainly concerned with clarity and accurate reproduction, but being as these are going to be used primarily in non-optimmized listening environments and for background music for extended periods of time, I am more concerened about isolation and comfort at a slight hit to audio quality. I currently do not have a portable headphone amp but am willing to purchase a Fiio E11 if my laptop and iPhone need a little help. In my desktop I have an Asus Xonar STX so I have plenty of power there.
Price range is a maximum of $400 (including amp if needed). I am willing to buy used.
I have read good things about the Audio-Technica ATH-A900X in terms of sound quality without breaking the bank, but have also not seen anyone citing them as having great isolation. Alternatively, the Ultrasone PRO750 should have great isolation and clarity, but I have read that they are very harsh.
Obviously I am aware that isolation and sound quality usually are competing factors.
Any other suggestions?
Thanks in advance!
Edited by smoth - 10/7/12 at 6:47am