I realize that my criteria might be too specific, and may even conflict in some cases, but:
I'd like for my music to blend in with as much ambient noise from my surroundings as possible for a more natural feel while on the go, yet remain prominent and engaging and not sound like I'm listening to speakers twenty-five feet away from me, or that it's taking a back seat to or being drowned out by the ambient noise. However, I WILL use these in public places like malls and hate broadcasting to others what I'm listening to, but for the most part I will be alone when using them (bike riding, at the park, working out)
For these reasons, I'm looking for portable, closed, supra-aural headphones with a fairly small sound stage, are most neutral and accurate, have the best imaging, and best sound quality for under $150? Clip-on recommendations welcome, as I might get pretty physical with them, and a lower profile is preferred but neither should come before the criteria listed.
Also, are there any that fit the criteria and are designed to leak little to no sound without compromising the amount of ambient noise they allow in? Or are supra aurals (even closed ones),by design, always going to leak a noticeable amount of sound to others when listening at a volume at medium or above ? Thanks.