There was a pre-crash headphones thread. Let's get it restarted, because I'm looking for new headphones for portable use. Right now I use either Koss KSC-35's or the Sony canalphones recommended by crossover/dipole guru Siegfried Linkwitz. EX71 or something like that. The Koss's sound great but offer about as much isolation as my Sennheiser HD-600's and leak about as much sound as the big guys. I am also afraid to break them, because they're out of production and their replacements are both uglier and less comfortable. They're perfect for jogging, though. The Sonys isolate well but I've never warmed to their sound. Too much midbass, a little spitty in the upper mids, and not nearly enough of that silky liquidity that marks Senns and the good Etys. Does anyone know of an inexpensive in-ear monitor/canalphone type set that's more "alive" sounding and less midbass-heavy than the Sonys, less fragile than the Etymotic ER-4's I carry on air trips, and under $100? A little more efficiency would help, too, to enhance iPod battery life.
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4/18/06 at 12:40am