Hi head-fi experts!
I'm planning to buy a portable headphone or an IEM for my daily on-the-way music enjoyment. Currently the best headphone I have is the AKG Q460, and it works pretty well. However, since I decided to take a step further and bought a Q701 a couple days ago, I thought I should change a new portable headphone as well.
So far my budget is $500 maximum, and it can be either a portable headphone or an IEM. It must be portable, so no amps required to sound good. Also it should have decent (if not good) noise isolation if not active noise cancellation, at least good enough for me not to be disturbed while walking around campus.
As for the music I listen to, most of the time it's either classical or new age (e.g. Yanni and various piano solos), and I tend to focus more on the highs and mid-highs, so-so on the mids, and less on the bass. The few occasion where I care more about bass is the occasional pop and dance music, but that's only about 5% of the time.
So in conclusion, my criteria are sound quality (should be better than my Q460) >= portability (no amps needed, and not bulky if it's a headphone) > noise isolation > (only if possible) iPhone/iPad remote & mic support.
Thanks guys! :)