I've been reading a lot in the last months about headphones as I'm increasingly entering in this world. I've always loved music, but recently I had to move from Spain to States and my colleagues decided to gift me a Bose AE2. I have to say that I don't hate them at all, they are very comfortable, isolate quite well and with a little bit of EQ you can get something out of them, but... here is where the doubts come...
I've been considering to buy couple of headphones more. I currently own Sennheiser MX880, PX100 & PX100-II, and the Bose, and the PX100-II are currently my favorite ones by far although they hurt after a couple of hours. After those Bose I feel I want to go one step ahead.
On one hand, I'm searching for one over-the-ear headphones under 150$, with the best possible sounding, closed-back (as I want to used them in public spaces), and as portable as possible. I was considering BRAINWAVZ HM5 as everybody says they're outstanding for the price, or Kicker HP541 DJ-Style. I'm really opened to suggestions. I will use them with my phone primarily and the computer.
On the other hand, my girlfriend is searching for some over-the-ear noise cancelling to use in the library while studying. The noise cancelling is the most important future in these ones as she wants to use them even without listening to music, but we both will be using them in flights very often. I've been reading quite a lot on this aspect and apparently only the Bose QC15 look to be awesome in this future, but I wanted to ask because I hope to be wrong... This why I already discarded the Sennheiser PXC-450. As I said, she doesn't want any kind of distraction on the library were some people tends to talk by times. I was considering in getting them second hand in eBay as people usually sells them with very few hours of usage at 100$ les the original price.
I'm really sorry another post like this, but the more I read, the less I know what to buy. Thank you very much in advance! Every single suggestion will be very appreciated!