Hello, kind fellows here are Head-Fi. Like many others who have wound up on these forums, I'm in search of a pair of headphones that suits my needs. Seeing as I'm running on very little sleep, I should apologize in advance for any grammar errors. (;
I should start off with my budget: I'm on a tight chain, looking to spend no more than $80 (USD). The lower the better, of course, but sound quality is important to me. With that in mind, the absolute highest price that I can reach is $100. Anything that costs more is out of the question, and I would like to stay closer to around $50.
Unfortunately, I listen to a very wide variety of music. Some days I'll be in the mood for the screeching chords death metal, others the poetic rhymes of my favorite hip-hop artists. So, I'm sure that it's a hard to find a good set of cans that pertains to all my interests. Overall, I do want something with a little 'boom' to it, while not being too present in my bouts of raging metal. From the research that I've done, I've acquired a small amount of knowledge that leads me to believe that 'flat' headphones are not for me. Basically, I like bass.
In the aforementioned research, I've come across a multitude of headphones that seem to meet this criteria. There's the much-love Koss PortaPros, which seem to be quite popular on these forums. I do admit that I find them a bit dorky, but in a pleasant way. I have also scanned through pages about the Creative Aurvana Live! headphones, which are a tad bit pricier. Also finding their way into my lineup is the RHA SA950i. Finally, I have also taken interest in the Audio-Technica ATH-M30 headphones. As you've noticed, all the above models are over-the-ear. While those are the best that I found, I am not exclusively interested in that type of headphone.
Now, a weird side-note. I have a $100 gift-card to a clothing store that I do not intend on visiting. I have noticed on their website that they happen to have a few pairs of headphones. The best that I could find are the SOL REPUBLIC Tracks V8 headphones. I'm wondering how this compare to the above products.
I am looking to see which of the headphones that I've mentioned would be best for me. Still, if you know of any good headphones that I have not mentioned, please recommend them to me and tell of how they compare to what I've shared. In the end, sound quality is the most important factor.
I appreciate any help, and I'm sorry for posting a thread that I'm sure you have all seen before.
Links to the items mentioned:
Creative Aurvana Live! = http://www.amazon.com/Creative-EF0060-Aurvana-Live-Headphones/dp/B000ZJZ7OA/ref=pd_ybh_4
Audio-Technica ATH M30x = http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-M30x-Professional-Headphones/dp/B00HVLUQW8/ref=pd_ybh_12
SOL Republic Audio Tracks = http://www.zumiez.com/sol-republic-tracks-v8-red-headphones.html
Two more that I forgot to list:
[EDIT:] I failed to mention some important details. I travel frequently, so sound isolation is rather important to me. It's not make-or-break, but it's a big factor to be considered in making my choice.
Edited by Deathly - 6/29/14 at 1:45am