I've often used this site's reviews as a benchmark for getting an idea of product quality, especially when I worked in Electrical Retail. However, I am now working with an offshore company that operates on ships using noise recording software. We're looking at buying new headphones, and I've been asked to source some at the £150 or below mark in terms of budget.
I don't have much experience of this sort of price range, only being the most fledgling of audiophiles with my Bose OE2s. (They're comfy and sound better than my previoius headphones, which is enough to keep me happy.) Most customers thought Skullcandies were the be-all and end-all of great sound, (and build quality too, sadly.)
However, what we really need from a pair of 'phones is balance across the frequencies as much as possible, as it's a more scientific use than standard listening. They also need to be fairly compact and rugged, to survive jetting around the world in someone's suitcase. Most of all, though, they need to be comfy for long term usage, (eight to twelve hours of constant listening,) and as ships tend to be pretty noisy, noise isolation or cancelling would be a massive bonus.
I've done a little research, and it seems that effective noise cancelling headphones often aren't that effective in this price range, so noise isolation seems the best bet in terms of bang-for-buck. However, if there's an underrated little bargain pair of noise cancelling 'phones at a price point below £150, then that would be perfect.
Although, headphones that demand a power supply in order to function, rather than solely for the use of the noise cancelling function itself would be much less convenient. I could work around this if the product is good enough despite this, though.
Mainly looking at this forum in order to draw upon audiophile experience from people who have actually used headphones, so that things like comfort, noise isolation and build quality can be made more clear than online reviews and marketing spiel can make them. So if anyone has a sweet pair of cans they like to use in noisy environments, (think like a bus, but a bit rattlier and louder,) then I'd love to whatever advice I can get.
Thanks for your time everyone!