I'm looking to buy a portable headphone to suit my needs as a college student. I've been using Panasonic High Fidelity Ergo-Fit Inner Ear Earbuds mainly, but would prefer the comfort and distance of actual headphones. (I also have a Sennheiser HD205 that I barely use because it hurts to wear due to its tightness, and the sound is very muddied.) I listen to a fair variety of music, from Broadway musicals to Adele and John Newman to Muse and Goldfish. I'm not an audiophile but appreciate quality sound, and I plan for a fairly long investment in whatever headphones I decide to buy.
The general criteria I have are:
-portable (lightweight, ideally foldable but just the earpieces rotating flat is fine too)
-clear and even sound throughout, a slightly strong bass okay as long as it is clean (I don't like thud-thuds a la Beats)
-comfortable for multiple hours of constant use (i.e. 4+ hours)
-decent isolation needed, as I plan to use this in the library and don't want the sound leaking out everywhere
In terms of sound quality, I really liked one of the upscale Sennheiser headphones, which seemed to isolate all the ranges well due to multiple drives. The quality seemed cleaner/clearer compared to Audio-Technica headphones of a similar caliber.
On the other hand, I *LOVED* the feel of the Bose AE2 (very little clamp, comfortable circumaural fit, super portable) but didn't like the sound of the bass that was pretty messy IMO, while the treble seemed to be somewhat tinny.
Ideally, my perfect headphone would be a mix of the cleaner Sennheiser sound quality and the comfortability of the Bose AE2! Granted, I'm not going to get the same sound quality for the price range I'm looking at, but something that possesses some of the qualities of the above description would be much appreciated.
The only headphone in serious consideration for purchase is the Bose AE2 at the moment. I would appreciate your suggestions!
Edited by arcat - 2/18/14 at 11:28pm