I went to lecture today wearing my es700's and my friend happened to bring his sony zx100 to class, so naturally the conversation drifted to the topic of headphones. He mentioned how his headphones kept breaking and this was his third set of zx100, then asked if my headphones were bassy. To keep things simple, I replied that my headphones weren't focused on bass (they actually have good bass, just not bloated midbass), but that compared to his the music should be much more clear. I offered to let him try it (I have no idea what was playing on his phone) and after just a few seconds he goes "DAMN, I can hear the clarity already!"
By the end of the lecture he was asking me for a list of recommendations for portable headphones under $40, which I promised to have ready by sunday. If handled well, I think he could be a possible convert, so any suggestions?