Hello to all,
This is my first post on this forum and as my name says, I'm listening to flat portable music gear: an iPod classic 120 with standard white earphones from the box. I want to do something about it, but first I need some expert advice. Let me explain:
I'm an audiophile music lover at home. I have had several different sets, including hi end amps and a great set of speakers. Used records and CDs. Lately with kids and a busy job I find myself listening to music only while travelling, not so much at home.
So I'd like to have audiophile music while travelling. So far I've read on the internet that my iPod will do fine, provided it's paired with a good amp and headphones.
Here are my requirements for the headphones:
- they should be quiet for my surroundings. I want to listen to them while on the commuter train, in a silent first class section where one is not allowed to talk or make other noises. I'd also like to listen to them at home in a quiet room without bothering my wife.
- They should not harm my ears. I'm in for an ear-safe experience. I'm 43 and I want to make it to 80 without a hearing aid.
- It should be portable enough (read: not too heavy and not too bulky) to carry with me on a typical working day: bike 5 miles, train 30 minutes, bike 3 miles and vice versa
Headphones + amp should cost no more than 500 Euros/dollars. However, if I can get away with about 250~300 that would be even better. I've read about the Electric Avenues PA2V2, so maybe that and a $200 set of headphones will do?
Based on what I read so far, it looks as though I'm looking for over-ear, sound closed headphones. But I don't know zip about what closed or open / half open does with sound quality and soundstage.
Edited by FlatListener - 10/27/12 at 5:37pm