At my work I am often left sitting around with nothing to do while waiting for things to finish, so music is something that could help pass the time and is acceptable. I have headphones I like already, my Sennheiser HD595 have become my favorites, but I have Audio Technica ATH-M50's and Hifiman RE0 (The old ones). I would use my HD595's but they're not very portable and I like to use them at home. I'd use the ATH-M50's except they're completely noise isolating much like the RE0's and I do need to be able to hear if a co-worker tries to get my attention so I need something that is either open (Like my 595's - I can hear anything in the room with these on which is super cool) or supra-aurals. I don't want the headphones to be SO open that I have to crank the music up too loud to be able to hear it over talking in the same area, but if someone were to say my name a bit loudly I could hear it (And I can't get snuck up on ). I could buy something more expensive, but I want these to be cheap enough that if something ever happens to them I'm not heart-broken (I do ride the public bus sometimes so something that if stolen wouldn't leave me out a lot) - otherwise I'd spend more.
I don't expect the highest performance at this price consideration but something that's decent and fun. I'll probably drive it with my phone so something that doesn't need a portable amp would be nice. Koss Porta pros were a consideration and still are but not sure about the looks. I've worn my ATH-M50's around and despite their plain looks liked them just fine. Does anyone have any suggestions in this price range? My current "maybe" list has the following:
- Grado SR-60i - They're at the top of this price range - so they'd have to be super good, and they don't seem THAT portable
- Koss Porta pros - Not sure what I think about the looks, also I'm unfamiliar with what characteristic sound they have. I don't like things that are too bright or too boomy, but I could tolerate a bit of boomy at this price point if it's not excessive. Also not sure how durable these are for portable use, but reviews seem to really like these and I guess the lifetime warranty is supposed to cover the risk of bending the band?
- Koss KSC75 - These are cheap, but I dunno if I'm a big fan of ear clip style. Price wise these are great though if they sound decent, but if $10-20 gets me better sound I'd rather spend it.
- Superlux HD668B - They don't seem to be the best choice for portability but I'm intrigued in how they might sound for the price, they look nice enough but I dunno if I could wear something like this on the bus feel like it might get too much of the bad kind of attention.
Not sure what else to consider, but there are so many less well known brands and models so I'd just like some other ideas here. I'm somewhat leaning towards Porta pros based on their frequency response, looks impressive for their cost and I guess I could get used to the looks. I guess their dated looks would make would be crooks laugh at my "crappy" headphones and leave me alone. I love my HD595's, if there was a more portable cheap version or anything like it I'd love it. But something with a solid plastic headband seems too at risk of breaking in my backpack. Any other suggestions? I'm not opposed to maybe doing earbud style but unfamiliar with quality offerings here that don't do too much sound isolating.
In case my music tastes matter, I listen to a lot of stuff. Electronica a la Kraftwerk, Aphex Twin, honestly just too much variety to list here. Also 70's Prog Rock, lots of 80's pop and electro-pop, 90's grunge and some hip-hop, different types of jazz (a good bit of fusion) the rare occasion for classical music. So yeah that probably doesn't help. I don't listen to country though, so there's that