Been a long time reader of this forum, but I finally decided to take the leap and register. Here's to hoping my wallet doesn't take a hit! :P
Anyway, a little background on my history with headphones first. I took my first step into the world of good music about a year after I got my iPod. I think my dad got sick of the constant noise leaking from my ears from those horrible earphones, and he brought me over to a distributor of Sennheiser products. That's the day I got my PX 200 (first gen). I used the iPod to listen to a 128kbps live recording of Hotel California by the Eagles, and I was blown away. Goes to show that it doesn't take much to be better than those crappy white earphones, huh?
Anyhow, since then, I've had a Sennheiser HD202, which I really enjoyed but for the long cable. Then I got an Apple In-Ear, which I really quite enjoyed until they broke, which I replaced with a CX 300-II, which I didn't appreciate too much but they were okay I guess. I also got an AKG K518DJ which I gave to my sister for a while and she wrecked, and I've replaced them with an AKG K518LE which I still enjoy. They were a little bass heavy though, so I also got a Sennheiser HD448, which I found to be a little bass light. I also got a PX200-IIi as a gift, and boy are they a step up from the old ones.
My current kit is a Sennheiser PX 200-IIi (which I'm selling), the AKG K518LE and a Plantronics BackBeat GO 2 for working out. Unfortunately, I lost the HD448 and I'm looking to replace them. My criteria are:
b) Good noise isolation and comfortable
c) All round SQ performance (I listen to everything from Beethoven to Lamb of God, from Skrillex to Rod Stewart)
d) Portable and durable
e) Decently stylish.
So, the products I'm currently looking at in order of price where I am (Malaysia), converted for the sake of convenience to US dollars :) :
i) Philips Citiscape Uptown ($110)
ii) Sennheiser HD449 ($115)
Unfortunately, because I want something portable, durable and a little stylish since I'll be wearing these cans out and about, I'm not considering a few contenders such as the Shure SRH440, Grado S60 and S80 and the Audio Technica ATH M50.
If it's worth the price jump, I'd consider getting the V-Moda Crossfade LP headphones, but from the reviews I've read it doesn't seem to be worth the premium (costs about $160). I would also consider going for the UE6000 if I can find them for a decent price here, since they cost about as much as the Crossfades.
Any comments or other recommendations?
A very hearty thanks in advance, guys :)
Edited by PhantomThief - 1/23/14 at 9:43pm