Hi guys I'm pretty new to the world of headphones so I appreciate any help you could give me!
I am a student on a fairly small budget (around $160, but less would be better) looking for a set of headphones mainly for desktop use without an amp and maybe a little bit of traveling, and had my sights set on the M50xs which are right at the limit for my budget.
Obviously I would like something with the best sound quality possible for the price, more specifically something that will play acoustic/classical well, so preferably with tight, extended but not necessarily accentuated bass, good accuracy and clean highs. My studies and part-time job as a wedding photographer require me to spend hours a day on my computer, so they need to be very comfortable for extended listening periods. This goes for sound too, although generally speaking I am leaning towards accurate and neutral, it's more important that they be easy and fun to listen to for long periods.
It's also important to me that they be durable, I've had a lot of problems before with fraying cables so I'm a big fan of detachable cables. I had been looking at the Sony MDR-7506s before but the lack of interchangeable cables and flimsy ear pads put me off, besides most reviews saying that the M50s sounded better.
I've just discovered though that I could get the Philips Fidelio L1s on discount for even a little less than the M50xs. I really like the look of them and Tyll Hertsens highly recommends them on his site, so I started wondering, will the semi-open design make a big improvement in sound quality for mostly acoustic and classical? Are the differences in isolation big enough to not recommend the L1's for travel? If anyone has experience with both of them please let me know.
I have had a look at a few others but generally the ones that seem to fit are $200 and up, and I'm already stretching my budget as it is... of course any other recommendations at lower prices would be welcome!