I know that open-back 'phones are generally better, but for a variety of reasons I need the sound isolation that closed-back offer. With that said, I'm trying to narrow down my next buying decision to the best / most recommended under $1K.
It seems like the Alpha Dogs are very highly recommended & rated everywhere, but I'm also considering the new Shure SRH 1540's… which are newer, but don't seem as well reviewed, BUT I do love their design & alcatera pads - I should mention, comfort is VERY important to me, but the Alpha Dogs also seem to do well in this regard.
Others I am considering are the B&W P7's (although I really don't like their design - I'd still go with them if they had the best sound tho) the PSB M4U-1, or the Beyer DT 770 Pro's. Are there any good ones in this category & price range that I'm omitting? Are the Alpha Dogs probably my best bet? They are the most expensive of all these, but they do seem to get the highest praise for both sound and comfort. I also like the design quite a bit.
I have also looked at the Fostex TH-600's so I should probably add them to the mix - same price as the Alpha Dogs, but I think I'd rather save up and go for the TH-900's instead of getting the 600.
Appreciate any insight here - thanks