Good Questions: Best Portable Cans For The Road?

Every once in a while, we'll get a question that may apply to a select crowd, but we'll still avidly go out and do some extensive research on the topic at hand to get them some real, honest answers. So, if you have a question, feel free to give us a holler and we'll happily send our fellow editors on some field trips for ya'll.

Hello Unplggd,

I am looking for a pair of closed full-size headphones for all-around use such as at work, on the bus, at home etc and my source is an iPod nano with no amp. While it isn't that important that they don't reduce outside noise it is critical that the sound leakage is minimum.

For years I have been using an old pair of cheap Philips SBC HP200, not because of their sound, but because I find them very comfortable to wear and they go all around my ear. A few days ago I made the mistake of buying a pair of SkullCandy Mesh Black purely due to their looks.The sound is quite bad and they’re way too small and hurt on my ears after a very short time.

I'm looking for great visuals and comfort, which are very important to me as I will be using them a great deal and many people will see me with them. I am a total rookie regarding audiophile-grade headphones so please let me know of some recommendations slightly above the normal consumer range (or at least, well above the SkullCandy quality).

Thanks guys and gal,
-Josh from Montreal

It sounds to us like you're looking for something that's great on clarity, not too high on price, but manages to look as cool as it performs. Luckily, we've done many similar followups to this topic before, but we believe it's always good idea to check with our Unplggd audiophiles to see if the best headphones a few years back are still in the game this year.

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Our newest contender for best mid-range headphone is the AKG K272 model released in June 2008. It's extremely comfortable to wear, performs like a champ with the need of a bulky headphone amp, and is actually priced competitively at $170.

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Receiving high praises from both consumers and audiophiles alike, the Denon AH-D2000 remains our top recommendation for anyone looking for the best sound for their laptop, iPod, or iPhone sans amplification. Though priced at a premium, the build quality of the headphones continue to be one of the best in the industry, with sound quality reflecting such achievements in manufacturing. Grab a pair for $320 on Amazon.

Any readers out there have some personal recommendations for Josh? Let us know in the comments!

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