I don't know if the criteria is too strict or not for what I'm looking for but I'm currently a new university college student balancing out my budget a bit and don't want to spend more than $75-100 and less (up to 100 if it will actually make a significant difference vs something closer to 75) as this is, for now, considered a luxury.
I want to get a pair of over-the-ear headphones that has this criteria, in order of importance
- $75 or less
- focus on mid range to low\bass
- works well with either a tablet or cellphone powering it and having either 320kbps (when I have files on the device locally, which would be the case if I got a nice pair of headphones and noticed a difference vs streaming from my house) or DS Audio (streaming music library from my NAS) streaming over either EVDO or college campus wifi (which forces 128-160kbps) driving it
- some (maybe?) noise cancellation
- with or without in-line microphone for phone conversation
These will be my first "real" pair of headphones, other than cheapos from wally world. I've looked at some brands discussed on here but a few things turned me off (ie: saw some weren't made really for bass, such as the HD 429) and I saw some that may be what I'm looking for but wanting confirmation (ie: ultrasone HFI 450)
Also, I was looking at this: http://www.head-fi.org/a/buying-guide-headphones-by-price-range thread and was wondering if this information (all of it within the stuff that applies to my criteria) still applies?
Edited by incarceration - 2/4/13 at 7:30pm