I honestly can't decide on a portable set of headphones. I've come to hate IEM's because of the microphonics when I walk around unless I wrap it over my ear, or the earwax that gets built up because of my disturbingly efficient glands that produce earwax. I've also come to not care what people think when I decided to sit on a bench outside with my a900x on my head.
So the result? I'm looking for a $250 portable headphone. This has to include tax and shipping though, since I'm using the other $50 to rent a mailbox.
1) SoundMagic HP100's because:
a) They look amazing
b) It has a flat response based off the charts
c) Decent isolation
Earcups scratch easily
2) Audio Technica ESW9A's because:
a) They also look amazing
b) No sound leak
c) Unique wooden sound signature
Though it does not leak sound, it does not isolate sound from the environment
I'll be using these to commute and keep my ears warm in the winter (I'm not kidding). I'm also going to be using them for live monitoring once a week, however I commute more often to and from work more often than weekly band practices. I listen to JPopRock, Jpop, Rock, Classical, and basically every genre. I'm not a basshead, I definitely don't need an amp to boost the bass on the AKG Q701's. Although if the headphones are bassy, I definitely prefer hard thumping bass instead of fluid sub bass. Clarity is also a preferred option because due to microphonics and such, my external environment will most likely drown the bass, unless if the headphones are able to isolate sound well enough to maintain it.
I gladly accept suggestions. Though I'd prefer if the impedence rating of the headphones not to be higher than 63 ohms, my sony walkman e474 were able to drive my Q701's at decent volumes and maintain decent sound quality. However it fails to properly drive headphones any higher than that.
Edited by Nec3 - 11/12/13 at 11:34pm