Work is only part of life, I love sound also outside of work :-) I'm looking for a nice pair of headphones designed for high-quality listening and not necessarily monitoring. Basically I want a portable companion to my non-work life. I want to be able to listen to perfect and crisp music/videos/media without too much enhanced bass and a good sound stage. It would also be a plus to be able to do some basic work on the go.
To give you a feel of what I'll be using the headphones with, I mostly listen to (old) jazz, so the headphones that add/invent too much bass really destroys these recordings. I listen to a ton of audiobooks and podcasts. I also listen to a lot of electronic music such as Amon Tobin, Fourtet, Bonobo, Cinematic Orchestra, etc.
Most the time I will just be using my iPhone as a player.
Key concerns (ideally, I'm not that picky)
High quality sound: not exaggerated bass, or harsh trebles. Just well balanced, crisp sound and good sound stage.
Noise isolating: I mostly listen in public spaces or on airplanes, so being able to listen softly without hearing too much of the background is important.
Comfortable: I listen to a lot of audiobooks and podcasts, so I wanna be able to wear them for hours without getting hot, claustrophobic, or get a headache. I also don't want to hear the mechanics of the headphones when I'm walking (crackle/thump/cable rustling too much).
Portable: I want to be able to fold them up and keep them in my bag. Doesn't need to be in-ear kind of small.
I don't want to look like a rapper ;-) Would rather not have massively loud (visually) beat phones.
What I have in mind
Bose OE, I actually HATE the sound of them. They exaggerate the bass so much and muffle everything. But they are so comfortable! And a great size...
AIAIAI Tracks, I love the design of these and that they have a mic and control for the iDevices
I've only put closed-back headphones, but I'm open to in-ear as well. I'm looking to spend around $200 but I don't mind more or less if they are great!
If you can recommend others or you have listened to any of these, I would appreciate some thoughts on them.
Thanks so much!