I am currently looking for a durable headphone for my commute on train/subway/walking. I would also use it at home. Budget is around $150-$200. They would be driven by an HTC Rezound or Clip+.
I need it to be durable. I try to not neglect my headphones, but so far I have had 2 IEM wires go out on me. I would put them into a backpack, so it would help if they had a case/folded.
I do not know all the audio lingo, I just know what I like and where I could see improvement.
Right now my main cans are:
Sennheiser HD580 with HD650 cable and foam removed. They sound great with most music, but for my main listening of bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers and AC\DC, they sound a little distant. Like being in the balcony rather than front row.
Koss KSC75 - Great with an up front presentation. Would be even better with a little more refinement/more stability on the ears (looking for a somewhat larger/immersive presence).
AKG K81DJ - a little too bass heavy (fun for some tracks, but not necessary for all listening). Did not mind the clamping force. The wire got caught on a zipper and I have this as a DIY project down the line, since I wanted to shorten the cable anyway. But that is not for right now (although I know it would be a cheaper alternative).
Klipsch X10 - Great bass and very comfortable. Only problem is where the housing and the cable meet has split. The right side stopped working and they are out of warranty.
UE TripleFi10 with Sony tips- Closer signature to the hd580. Better for long listening sessions. Although I do not see any damage to the cable, one side has gone out, which seems to be a common problem. The replacement cables seem to get mixed ratings.
Klipsch S4 - So far so good, but I am just looking for a full size alternative.
Beats Earphones which came with HTC Rezound - Tried selling, but no takers. Gave them a shot, but can't find a tip that will fit my ears. The sound was not bad, but worth $35-$50, not the $100 retail price.
MEElectronics M6 - Good beater headphone which I use while running/ yard work.
So far I am looking at, would prefer sound signature a little more upfront like the KSC75 (but not too fatiguing) :
Audio Technica WS99 or ES7
Logitech UE 6000
Focal Spirit One
Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro
Here is my Last.fm library if you want to see which music I generally listen to. http://www.last.fm/user/Wildcat7
I would most likely buy from Amazon Warehouse in Like New condition, since I have had good luck in the past.
Edited by 77Pat - 6/30/13 at 2:18pm