Originally Posted by nailbunny7
I like the v-moda can myself for portable. either the m80 or m100 (m100 is better but is slightly over budget)
I really liked these as well :) on-ear m80 $140 is very balanced sound. the V-Moda over-ear LP2 $170 is more in your budget, but note they have a big bass emphasis. I do like the M100 sound better, but that is out of your budget at $300.
for portable use, you would probably want to limit your search to closed headphones. Sennheiser HD598 is a great pair of headphones, but they probably won't be suited for your usage. If you like the wood-look, maybe look at Grados. I don't know much about them though.
Other headphones to look at are the UE6000 overears is $200 (w/ noise cancelling, removable cords, and folds) and the under $200 Ultrasone Hifi-790/Hifi 580 are very very well-rated closed portable headphones within your budget. The Audio-Technica M50 is a classically recommended pair at $120, but the longer, non-detachable cable may be an issue. Phiaton MS 400 is definitely well-recommended as well at $140, I believe SQ has a colored bass boost type signature. The non-removable cable may be an issue. the on-ear Vmoda M80 is more natural/flat, but on-ear will not noise-isolate as well as over-ear I think, but on-ear is smaller and can be better to wear around your neck.
The under $250 range is a bit all over the place I think as some higher-priced headphones can fall down into that range after they've been in the market for a while. I feel like you can get $150ish headphones or move up to $200-$250 range. Whether you can tell the difference in sound quality is hard to say though.
Then, there are a lot of portable closed fashion headphones in the $300 range, so if you can make that extra $50 jump, you can look at the Sony MDR-1R & V-Moda M100 & AKG K550/K551. Sennheiser has the Momentum for $350 if you can find them being resold for cheaper that might suit you very well.
Edited by money4me247 - 3/5/13 at 12:08am