I've been out of the game for a while. My last purchase for work use / listening was a pair of Denon D1100s. I love the things, but they're cheaply made. After taking care of them meticulously, they're developing cracks in the plastic, all around the arms / connection points. I'm about to just get a replacement pair from Denon, and sell em. Anyways, this brings me to my current predicament. I'm trying to find some new portable-esque cans for work use / listening. I don't want anything full size, but larger portables will be considered. I'm driving them out of a laptop with a 3.5mm to USB adapter, that actually amplifies them quite a bit. It's getting a lot more power, so driving them shouldn't be an issue (for portables that is). There's been a ton of new releases this past year alone, and I'm way behind. My musical tastes largely revolve around 90's / underground hip hop, with a lot of old rock. I like bass, and I wanna feel my lows, but I don't need some XB's or anything. The Denons do a great job with bass, for me, but reallllyyyy lack in mids and treble. I have the EQ the heck out of those things for details. So far, what I've seen that interests me is as follows:
AKG-K450: These look like solid portables. People are saying they don't sound very good for their price point, however. Others report mids / treble are very recessed, an issue I HATED with my Denons.
AKG-K518: Dirt cheap. $45? A lot of people are saying they sound better than the K450 as well, which makes me think "why would anyone purchase the 450?" Obviously they're not as portable
ATH-ES700: I always wanted to get myself a pair of ES7s, however I was deathly afraid they wouldn't be fun enough for me. I love my mids and treble, but there's gotta be a kick in the low end.
ATH-WS55: I read a lot about these, and people are raving about the WS77 / 99, but I haven't seen much on the 55s.
Jays C-Jays: They look... Odd... I've read a lot of mixed reviews on these things. I'm pretty skeptical.
This is all I got so far! My price range is up to about $150 (I reeaalllyyy don't want to spend that much).
Thank you in advance for any feedback on the headphones I've listed, or additional recommendations!
Edit: Comfort is pretty high on my priority list as well.
Edited by dub Beatz - 11/22/13 at 6:37pm