I need a pair of "portable" circumaural headphones for under $500. So far I have narrowed down my search to the Sennheiser HD8 DJ and Momentum, Focal Spirit Classic, B&O BeoPlay H6, Mr Speakers Mad Dog, Ultrasone Pro 900, and Sony MDR-7520. I am open to any other suggestions.
Some might think that these headphones should not be considered portable, but I would really like circumaural headphones. I have tried supraural and IEMs (I own the V-Sonic GR07 BE) but I do not find them comfortable enough. I would like to have impressions of anyone who has tried these headphones on-the-go and tell me if I am really wasting my time. These headphones will replace my Ultrasone HFI-780, so this might give you an idea that I do not mind big headphones for on-the-go use. I use my HiFiMAN HE-400 headphones for home.
Use: on-the-go and in public places (i.e. university library).
Priorities: The 5 main attributes I would be looking for are (ranked in value) comfort > clarity > soundstage > bass > speed. My Ultrasone HFI-780s have great bass and speed, but so-so comfort, clarity and soundstage.
Music Genres: I mainly listen to electronic music (trance, house, electro, drum and bass), but also to rock, classical, and ambient (chillout, post-rock).
Source: iPod touch 4G and iPod Video 5.5G. 320 kbps mp3s.
Amplifier: Fiio E12.
Some notes I have gathered of the above headphones:
Edited by floeezy - 4/29/14 at 11:20am