Desperate for some sage advice here…..
I’m a newbie to the headphone market (that is to say that I’ve typically been wearing a cheap pair of airport gift shop purchased headphones), and now want something more.
I’m a technophile, and after seeing my brother’s pair of Parrot Zik’s, had to get my own pair. Loved the wireless, ANR, ear can touch controls, etc.
Having now worn them for a couple of weeks, have found a few things that make their $350 price tag seem not worthwhile.
- begin hurting my ears and the top of my head within an hour or two of wearing (I have a large head)
- horrible battery life (with horrible sound quality if you listen to them unpowered)
- fully opened, the cans don’t completely reach around my ears, and I don’t want to bend them to try to achieve that, if that’s even possible (again, I have a large head)
- sound was pretty good, but could have been better (and I’m no audiophile, so I can only imagine what an audiophile would think of them)
So...I’ve begun thinking of in-ear buds as they would address battery life and big head issues. I’ve never liked them before, but had only been considering the cheap things that come included with music players, which are garbage. After reading some online reviews, and seeing the prices for some of these things, I’ve begun to realize what they’re capable of.
I would be grateful for any recommendations for ear buds (or wired over the ear cans built for large headed people) that can do the following….
- budget $300-$400
- noise isolation that rivals the ANC found in the Ziks (or other over-ear cans with ANC) - such as on an airplane, or background noise from kids in the house
- comfort - can wear for hours without realizing they’re there (I’ve never used buds before and don’t know if many of them end up feeling like a doc is shoving an otoscope into your ear after a few hours use, but I could imagine that might happen)
- durability (don’t require high maintenance storage in order to last)
- usable with an iPhone, listening to lossless (ALAC) and high bitrate mp3 music (i.e., don’t need a special driver - can run well off of the iPhone’s output)
- and, of course, good quality sound
Thanks for any thoughts!