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Best headphones for alternative rock/contemporary under $300 USD (newbie)

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Hi Guys,

 

First off this is my first post in the head-fi forums - so in advance I'm sorry if I don't use terminology correctly or don't understand something at first. I would consider myself more like a casual audiophile - I'm not obsessed enough to own a $2000 set of headphones...but that said I will not tolerate listening to anything using iPod stock earpods or cheap tinny stuff. 

 

What I currently own/have owned

Sennheiser HD 428s - personally lacking a bit on the bass, sibilance is there but not too harsh, mids can sometimes be a little too prominent. To me sounds like the most "honest" set that I currently own

 

Sennheiser Amperior - my favourite out of all the headphones I have owned so far. Rocky, punchy and fun. On-ear design makes it uncomfortable however and I ended up selling it because of the amount of money I had to pay...such a shame really considering how great they were

 

Marley Positive Vibrations - I was looking for a set of portable on-ears.....they work with pop but otherwise accentuate in a V shape and ruin everything else

 

Fake Beats Studios (from China) - enough said. I only bought these because they were cheap....and really they just make everything sound like I'm listening to music through a wall

 

UE 400vis - my go-to in-ear phones. They sound nice to my ears...and the noise isolation is handy too. However sometimes I feel the bass messes up the treble range sometimes...and instrument separation/detail is bad

 

 

Right, so in regard to the thread title, I'm going on holiday to the US in a few weeks and one of the things that are ridiculously overpriced in New Zealand are headphones. My budget is about $300 USD, but if they include some decent ANC I would push to $400 USD; it's not totally required but it would be nice to have...however if there is a similar set that don't have the ANC and sound better I would push towards that. I'm largely looking for some headphones that match my genres, and sound "punchy"/ rocky / "fun". Let me make this clear I am not a bassist but I do like a little more bass sometimes, as long as the mids/highs aren't affected (cough Beats cough).

 

I'll mainly be using these on my computer/tablet and my phone unamped. Source files are mostly in AIFF/44,100kHz/16 bit, WMA Lossless, and some are in M4A (for songs purchased through iTunes). So basically in a nutshell:

 

Artists/genres I mainly listen to:

Coldplay

The Strokes

Dire Straits

The Killers

Passion Pit

Some acoustic music 

Alternative/alt rock/indie rock

Contemporary (like contemporary piano pieces usually)

 

What I am looking for:

Not ridiculously huge (like the DT900s)

Preferably over-ear, closed back

Detachable cable 

Relatively portable. They don't have to scrawl up into a tiny little ball like the V-Moda M100s but I'd rather not have a set of giant headphones to carry around

Punchy, fun/rocky sound (but not ruining other aspects of the sound i.e. bass interfering with treble)

(Preferably) a nice soundstage. Not a priority and I know it's harder with closed backs but it is nice

(Optional) ANC/amplifier built-in

 

What I am looking at currently:

V-Moda M100s

PSB M4U 1/2

Bower & Wilkins P5

 

Any suggestions/reccommendations would be appreciated

Also, I am going to San Francisco and LA so any advice on where to buy these at stores there would be nice.

Cheers!!!

Sorry for the long post :/


Edited by jojoe42 - 3/22/14 at 2:18am
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Consider the NAD VISO HP50.  See:

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/i-love-these-headphonesthe-nad-viso-hp50

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post
 

Consider the NAD VISO HP50.  See:

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/i-love-these-headphonesthe-nad-viso-hp50

Cheers mate!!! :D

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Any idea on where to find these headphones in LA or San Francisco?
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