Hey All, I'm looking for a pair of headphones to use on my daily commute, a one mile walk, and during the day. The basic requirements I'm hoping to find are:
Collapsible or small (really this means "fits in a pocket or can be thrown in a backpack")
Open or semi-open
Relatively neutral balance
I'm open to any style of headphones but generally prefer circumaural, over-ear headphones to IEMs.
Any suggestions? So far the best candidates seem to be Philips Fidelio L1s or maybe Sennheiser PMX 685is.
About My Taste in Headphones:
I'm currently walking around with Sennheiser HD598s, but they're so open I have to constantly fiddle with the volume to keep the music audible but not deafening. They're also huge and I worry their plastic construction won't stand up to being lugged around in a backpack. I'd like to let these live at home.
I've owned several pairs of MDR-V6s and enjoy their balance and range. These collapse down small enough but I'd prefer an open or semi-open set of cans so I can hear what's going on around me. I'd also rather stay fully circumaural if possible.
I've owned shure e2s that sounded nice but were uncomfortable and too isolating to be good for walking around a busy city.
About My Taste in Music:
I listen to a wide range. A lot of acoustic string instruments, a lot of classic and indie rock, some hip-hop/turntablism, some IDM/electronic, some jazz, some classical. I like to be able to listen to any type of music on my headphones, and I'm really appreciative when I can make out a stand-up bass clearly on a jazz track.
Head-fi's how I've always done headphone research in the past but I've never had to post before. Just having trouble tracking down cans that give just the right mix of quality, openness and portability, and thought I'd come to the experts.