Looking for some nice headphones under $200 USD. I will be mainly playing through my iPhone 5S/iPad, but also through my mac. No dedicated audio equipment. Sources range from ALAC 24/96(48 for iOS), to 256 AAC.
Things that are important to me are portability, comfort, and of course good, balanced sound. I will require closed back for isolation(train, office). Either on-ear or over the ear options. No in-ear please.
Just as a test i recently picked up some SOL REPUBLIC Master Trackes MFI(Over the ear), but im returning them. Things I don't like are comfort, and muddy bass. My ears dont fit in the pads, and they seem to push on my jaw too much. Also, for some songs like the entire ...And Justice for All album sound muddy(could be 256/AAC??). Anytime there's a lot of lower range guitars, they sound muddy to me... I'm no audiophile but clarity is important to me. I like bass when it's supposed to be there, but I hate it when i feel like it overwhelms the mids. Punchy bass is ideal.
Music I like ranges from:
Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix
Some Jazz and Classical, Acoustic work
Megadeth, Metallica, etc
Basically, Heavy Metal, Hard/Classic Rock, Blues, Some Folk Music, jazz, and recently some classical.
Some phones I've been looking at based on online reviews are the AKG 272 HDs, UE6000, Sennheiser Amperior/Mementum(On ear), AIAIAI TMA-1, vmoda xs/m-80. New only, not refurbished/used. Also, 2 cans is not an option. I really need one all-arounder that will work the best .
Any and all help is appreciated. Let me know if I've left anything out that might help.
Edited by silver8ack - 6/22/14 at 10:01am