I wanted to get some recommendations for a pair of headphones that are good for flight travel as well just listening at home.
A few things to consider...
I fly 1 or 2 times a month domestically (2-3 hr flights) and would like headphones that can do a good job blocking out external noise. I am more looking at ones that can do this passively than actively as I have heard that active ones degrade the sound quality. Something else that is important in regards to flying is I want cans that will not leak sound since I do not want the person sitting beside me to be interrupted or hear what I am listening to.
With the theme of traveling I would like a pair of cans that are not bulky. Something that can maybe fold up and is compact? I have a limited amount of room in my laptop bag. Also, I will be using these mainly with my iPhone 5s and would like to have the 3-button cable so i can skip songs/change volume.
Right off the bat I just want to say I am a novice in the area of sound quality. I probably couldn't tell you if i am a bass head or want a more balanced sounding pair of cans. I do listen to a variety of music types including indie rock, pop, alternative, and hip-hop. Lot of my music comes from pitchfork.com so it varies. I will not be listening to classical music or metal. I would also use these to watch movies with and listen to podcasts especially on a plane.
I am willing to invest in a pair for up to $300 if they are worth it. I am assuming with this price tag most of my criteria will be met.
What am I currently looking at
V -Moda m100 – I feel like these could be ideal for me. Great reviews on amazon. Supposed to great for portability and does a good job for noise-isolation. Only cons could be ear cup size is too small (of course this is subjective) but could be fixed with XL replacements if I need them. Also, these come with a one-button cable so I won’t be able to control volume. It maybe small but that bothers me especially if your phone is in your pocket walking thru an airport.
What I had before;
I previously owned a pair of Audio-Tech M50 that sounded good but were not ideal for travel. Even though they folded up they were bulky and stuck out of my laptop bag. The coiled cable was so annoying b/c it was so long. I really had to tuck the wires inside my pocket. I sold these after a year b/c my right ear would hurt after putting them on for 30 minutes. The shape of the earcup changed to more of a rounded shape on that side…not sure if that is the reason why.
I tested a pair of Harmon Kardon CL recently. They were pretty comfortable but I thought they were odd looking and made metal noises when you made head movements. I believe this was b/c of the top metal touching the leather. The sound quality was good but did not “wow” me.
OK, thoughts? Suggestions?
Edited by irfan22 - 1/20/14 at 4:39pm