Originally Posted by StephenHero
Audio Technica ATH-AD700 for $95
Disclaimer: I'm no audiophile.
I've got a pair of those. I bought them because I wanted something better than my current in-ear headphones. I am currently using Shure e2Cs and Klipsch Custom 2s for my in-ear needs (mostly for working out and travel). I also had a pair of Etymotic ER6is but those got lost on a plane.
I like the Audio Technicas a lot. I have been using them for a few months now and notice small details that I never noticed before with the other headphones. Granted, the others are built for a different mission so it's not a straight apples-to-apples comparison.
The headpiece is not adjustable. If you look at the pic you'll see the two "pads" that hang below the wire-type headpiece are designed to sit on the top of your head. This is not a bad idea in that it permits the headphones to rest on your head instead of squeezing it, which means a more comfortable experience during long listening sessions. However, this also means that the headphones are useless for vigorous activity. Not that you should be using these for jogging anyway, but I have seen some people at my gym with big cans on their head ... you can't do that with these.
The material on the ear cups is a "love it/hate it" proposition with many. I can best describe them as "plastic tissue paper" over foam. It's a weird feeling at first but I like it. Some people hate it and describe it as feeling cheap. I like it because it tends to breathe better than plain rubber, but it seals better than plain foam. Your call.
The unit comes with a very generous cord (10' or more, I haven't measured it) which makes it nice for gaming use.
For the $100 price range, I'd say it's a great buy for a closed-end headphone set.