I previously bought a pair of Philips Citiscape Downtowns as my first ever 'cans'. Previously I only used IEMS. I loved their look, and they were amazing comfortable but I hated the sound. When I first plugged them in and tried to listen to Enter Sandman it sounded so dull, no bass, mids and trebles sounded flat and they were sooo quiet. Now I've tried burning in them using the Tekfusion burn in player, I noticed some improvement but all my major gripes were still there. I am now returning them and have £30/$50 to buy headphones with.
I want a pair of headphones, not IEMS, that look nice and do my music justice. Portability is a plus but not essential, I mean they don't have to fold but then again I don't want a massive set of DJ headphones. I wouldn't describe myself as a bass-head but I will say that I want to hear the bass drums with some punch but not so much that they drown out everything else like a pair or Beats. I will be listening to these through my phone and laptop without an amp!
I listen mainly to Rock and Metal, especially Metallica, so I guess you could use that a reference point. I previously had a pair of Sennheiser CX-200 and I loved their sound but they just kept breaking. I'm not too sure if I got a faulty pair as reviews on here are saying that the Philips Downtowns were great and there's no mention on how quiet they are. I managed to make them sound a little better by scooping the mids and increasing the lower bass and higher treble frequencies but there weren't as good as the Sennhesier CX-200s.
I would't describe myself as an audiophile either so 100% detailed and analytical sound isn't needed but then again I can understand how terrible a £15 pair of 100% boomy bass IEMS are.
Edited by FabM2013 - 12/7/13 at 2:17pm