Hello Head-Fi community,
I've been doing research on many headphones during the past week, and I have found that I've turned to this forum more often than not. I've looked at over 20 and narrowed down my selection to a few. As I truly do not have the capacity to discern the differences between headphones, and I only need quality headphones for movie watching and listening to music occasionally, I have decided to spend less than $80 on a pair. I definitely would like the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 or V-MODA Crossfade M-80, as those seem to be the popular choices on here and other websites, but I'm willing to settle for the MDR-ZX700, DR-ZX701IP, MDR-V6, MDR-7506, MDR-V55, Incase Sonic, or HTF600 until I have a better understanding of sound and am able to appreciate it more.
I've looked at Ljokerl's shootout thread (thanks! it was informative) and compared all the headphones to each other using that thread, posts on this forum, and reviews elsewhere as a reference. I like the breakdown on Ljokerl's thread, and I am mainly interested in comfort, isolation, and sound quality. So, let me start by ranking the headphones and then you guys will hopefully evaluate: ZX700, ZX701 > MDR-V6, MDR-7506 > MDR-V55, Incase Sonic > HTF600. From what I've read, the ZX701 is similar to the ZX700, so that is why I rated similarly, but I don't know if this is correct. The V6 is the consumer version of the 7506, but they sound mostly the same. The V55 are pretty good phones, but they do not sound as good as the aforementioned. I don't know how the Incase Sonic and HTF600 compare to the others, except that the HTF600 is good for its price.
In case you do not want to read the above:
1) Is the ZX701 similar to/a newer version of the ZX700.? This listing on eBay says so, and the seller claims to be a user on Head-Fi.
2) Will buying any of these headphones actually make a difference over $15 headphones? I only have an iPhone and a decent HP laptop with on-board audio.
3) Which headphones above do you recommend? Like I said, anything below $80 is acceptable.
If the ZX701 is basically the ZX700, there is a popular seller on Amazon who is selling "like new" ones for $38.
Note: If one of you readers is the seller on eBay I linked to, I am not saying that your listing had false information; I just want opinions from other members, too.
Edited by leader - 10/8/12 at 5:42am