So, here I am, in the market again. I've been doing a lot of research, and it seems $200 is a really good price point for someone who wants to transition into audiophile world. I listen mainly EDM, dubstep, quite a bit of R&B, and the extremely occasional rap, rock and dancehall. I've managed to narrow my list of headphones to a not-so-small list.
To add to that, I think I'm going to go for a closed headphone, since I'm going to be using it in a dorm. I'd also very much like a detachable cable, since all of the IEMs I've had so far have died due to some damage to the cable (not sure if this is a problem for Over the ears though). So without further ado:
Logitech UE 6000 - Going for really cheap right now ($100 or less!) and I hear it sounds pretty good. But I've also read about a lot of persons getting defective units unusually often. that's worrying.
KRK KNS 8400 - Really cheap as well (120), but the plastic build worries me. (It was a plastic part that broke in the MJ51)
Philips Fidelio L1 - I've heard it's extremely good at its original price, and now it's a steal at $130. Problems: It's semi-open so I'm not sure how much sound it leaks. Also, the L2 seems to be right around the corner. And I hate that little cable dangling out of the earpiece.
Shure SRH840 - A good one too, but I've read complaints about it's weight. And it has a COILED CABLE! I've had too many bad experiences with telephone cords. I don't want that stress again.
Audio Technica ATH-M50s - Ah yes, practically the most popular pair of headphones. Heard it's quite good at around $140, but it doesn't have a detachable cable. Also heard some people saying that it's over hyped. Would've checked out the M50x, but at $170 for the same sound quality, I don't think it's worth it. Again, I deduced this from research. Also, plastic build worries me, even though most have said build quality is great.
AKG K550 - Currently at $200. Heard it's a balanced / neutral pair of headphones. Only problem is the non-detachable cable, and whether or not I can get something better for cheaper.
Brainwavz HM5 - It's on good standing in terms of sound quality, but I hate the way it looks.
Creative Aurvana Live - Build quality. And it looks terrible...
Would have been great if there was a massive sale and I could get a Focal, PSB or NAD for $200, no?
So, build quality, relatively good looking, slightly bassy headphones are what I'm looking for. Comfort is also important.
All that I've said above is based purely on research. I have no actual experience with any of those pair of headphones.
I'm living in the Caribbean (St. Vincent to be exact), and I'll be buying from the US. So a 'buy-and-return if I don't like it' is potentially troubling. Also, there are NO stores down here where I can try out any of the headphones above. All they sell is Beats. The occasional store might have something different, but just worse.
Edited by Unit - 3/2/14 at 8:50am