I'm currently planning to buy headphones for a mixed use: leaving in Paris I have to take each and every morning the subway to go to work (let's say around 1 hour per day). That's a bit of a noisy environment to deal with.
I want to use them as well at work, in a quiet open-space environment. I don't care about making noise :)
The headphones would be used with my iphone to (mainly) listen to techno, minimal and deep-house: Gui Boratto, Robert Babicz, Maceo Plex, Paul Kalkbrenner, Deadmau5, Marc Romboy, Miguel Migs and many others...
Sometimes I like to listen to some hip-hop and indie rock as well, but that would be a bonus more than a mandatory criteria :)
I don't care about phone functionalities (like a remote)!
As a newbie, the last headphones I bought were a pair of Bose QC15. The isolation is fantastic, however I really want to get a better sound quality. The budget is quite similar: up to 400 euros.
From the great posts I've found on this forum, at that price range, I've come up with this shortlist: Sennheiser Momentum, Denon D600, Ultrasone Pro 2900, B&W P7, Beyer 990, HE-400. I couldn't make my choice as a lot of criteria I have are somehow different from the other threads.
I don't know which tradeoff I'll have to consider between open and closed headphones... My top priority is to have a beautiful sound. However I must be able to use them in the subway as well, so I may need some isolation knowing that the sound level is quite limited. I've read that I can use portable amps for that (or I'm completely wrong about that).
Which one would be the best fit to my criteria? Don't hesitate to add other products I've forgotten! I'm willing to add an amp if needed :)
Edited by genzo - 11/1/13 at 10:09am