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Old 09-20-2010, 01:19 PM
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Default Looking for a pair of headphones (help a budding audiophile bloom)

I know this might sound silly, but I only recently realized the sound quality of my listening could be that much better than what people normally use. That said, I'm now looking into buying some headphones (and a player that can actually use them to their potential.)

I'm looking for a pair of headphones, preferably closed-back. I'd use them outside a lot and I fly quite a bit, so I need some proper sound isolation - either just in design or active noise-cancellation. I listen to quite a bit of everything, but I guess I judge them by how well they play electronic stuff, like Drum and Bass, Dubstep or House.

I'm thinking of buying either a pair of Denon AH-D2000's or Audio-Technica ATH M50's. You might be weirded out by my selection a bit, but let me explain, that's exactly why I'm asking for your advice.
In a perfect world, I'd have AH-D5000's. After reading about them and looking at the price tag, I've come to the conclusion that I'd be ashamed to feed such a pair of 'phones MP3s from an iPod; I'd rather get proper HiFi equipment and headphone amps to make sure those 'phones got the most fulfilling life they could get.
However, I've heard the D2000's work quite well on PMPs. I mean, an amp and stuff would make it better, but you can still get quite a pleasurable experience from listening through them while on the move. They're also a lot cheaper than the D5000's at around €250. What I'm asking is whether this would be a valid option or just using a motorbike to pedal to the grocery shop.
Then there's the ATH M50s. They are about two thirds of the price of the D2000's at €170, and seem like an good starting point. I've been looking around and I feel like they would be the best choice for under €200: Grado SR80's are beautiful, but they are too open for outside use; while Sennheisers get a lot of good reviews, they are just too ugly in my opinion; and AKGs are said to be very thin on bass. The M50s are monitor headphones and thus have quite a neutral sound, but I heard playing with the EQ can get you a pretty good bass. Would these be a good pair?
Opinions, suggestions, comments.. I'd appreciate anything.

Also, my first post here; I hope we can be friends. <3

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