Hey guys, I understand that all these recommendation-request threads get pretty annoying after awhile, and I anticipate at lesat one "search the forums before posting" reply, but I assure you I've done some research and frankly, all it has done is overwhelm me for the most part. I'd greatly appreciate some recommendations to fulfill my rather specific needs.
I'm looking for some headphones (closed, open, IEMs, buds, I have no idea) in the budget range of $50-150 for a few purposes. I will be using them primarily in my apartment that I share with two others, for doing homework at the library, and on the short walk between the two.
My biggest factors (besides sound) to consider are noise isolation -- both inward and outward, although they don't have to be totally isolating, just useable in a library setting -- relative portability, since I'd like to be able to use them walking around outside or travelling wherever I might go, and comfort (important because I have a huge head, 24" or 7.5 hat size). I'm also a huge gamer, and I don't know if music headphones would really be suited to immersive gaming, but that's something to think about. Additionally, it would be nice, although not absolutely necessary, for the headphones to have a nice aesthetic.
I understand that as far as noise-isolation goes, IEMs are probably my best bet. The only thing is is I recently purchased some excellently reviewed Vsonic VC02's, and while they did sound pretty magnificent and had bonkers noise-isolation, I found myself fiddling with them all the time, couldn't really deal with wearing them cable-up (resulting in fairly heavy microphonics), and they tickled my ears like mad. After about a month of use, the tiny things broke and I sent them back to Amazon for a full refund. For these reasons, I'm not so sure IEMs are my jam, although I could be convinced otherwise.
The music I listen to is pretty broad. It leans a little it more towards dark electronic (think The Knife or Boards of Canada), ut there's a lot of indie rock and ambient stuff mixed in, with some hip-hop, orchestral, funk, and world sprinkled in. If i'd have to choose, I'd say I like slightly bass-heavy sound signatures, but certainly not overpowering ones. I usually listen to music pretty loud, but obviously not when working at the library.
Whilst poking around in the forums I cam across the House of Marley Exodus headphones, which are very well-reviewed. I adore their aesthetic, they're cheap ($80 at time of posting), and reviews say they have pretty good noise isolation and a wide soundstage. They are over ear, though, and apparently not well-suited to large heads, with makes me wary.
Honestly, I have no idea what I'm doing when choosing this stuff right now. Any help would be awesome! Cheers, and thanks so much!