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Looking for headphones that combine best features of Onkyo ES300s and SoundMagic HP100s

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I'm in possession of both of these headphones but will return them for different reasons. So I would like to combine the positives of each while avoiding the negatives as much as possible. Tall order, I know.

 

Onkyo

+  has great tonal presence and balance. Instruments sound incredibly real from bass to treble notes. They convey the "emotion" of music. 

+ foldable so easily portable

+ nice look

 

- On ear design; uncomfortable after about 2 hours

- a little bit limited soundstage wise

 

SoundMagic

+ Great soundstage/sense of space in the music

+ Around ear so comfortable for extended use

 

- A bit thin. Except for in the treble range, instruments don't sound real to me.

- A little large for ideal portability

 

So basically I want the great tonality of the Onkyos with some of the sense of space of the SoundMagic's in a package that's more portable than the SMs and more comfortable for long listening then the Onkyos. And if I'm spending as much as I'll be spending, the should last a few years at least.

 

Any suggestions? 

 

My budget is at most 300, but of course I'd love to spend less.

 

I listen to jazz, classical, blues, world, electronic. 

 

Thanks!


Edited by Stuff Jones - 2/12/14 at 2:37pm
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Help anyone?

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