Hey folks, I'm a headphone beginner looking for a new pair of phones.
Their primary use will be on the move (commuting, walking etc) played from a Sansa Clip Zip (so mostly mp3's of various quality). They will also serve as my work phones in a larger office.
Both commuting and at work requires decent isolation both ways so I assume that would mean a closed design?
As they will travel a bit it is good if they are foldable and not too heavy.
Design isn't very important but it's a bonus if they're not huge. Good isolation is more important than size, though.
A relatively short, straight cable is preferred. A replaceable one would be great (eg changing to a coiled cable at the office) but is not a deal breaker.
I listen to a lot of different styles (some blues, a small bit of jazz, classic rock and so on) and would like a good overall performance but a lot of it is more or less extreme metal so that is where the priority is at.
My budget is probably peaking around $150 or maybe a little higher if there is something out there that ticks all the boxes. I'm also thinking about getting something a little cheaper as portable phones and then maybe getting a better pair for more stationary use (work and home).
I have no plans on using an amp.
A few months ago I got a pair of Audio Technica ES7 which I was very happy with (maybe because it was my first take on a pair of really decent headphones). Unfortunately I was in a hurry and the cable got stuck on a chair... Since they are discontinued they are not easy to find anymore and the ones I have found are white :/ I looked at the replacements ES700 but they cost about 3 times what I paid for the ES7:s
Some of the headphones I have looked at now are
Audio Technica M50x - really liked them last time but the cable options didn't work for me. With the new x-version that has changed...
AKG K451/2 - cheap, fits most of my wishes but reviews vary a lot it seems. Tried them last time but thought them a little too bass heavy. Perhaps some EQ tweaking could fix some of that
Sennheiser Momentum On-ear - seems good but reviews mention not so good isolation
I've also checked out most of what's mentioned here http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/innerfidelitys-wall-fame-ear-pad-sealed as well as a lot of posts here and I'm more confused than ever...
Can you help me find what I want?