In light of this I picked up a pair of these badboys today:
They boast "high attenuation passive noise canceling", which isn't all that effective but I'm still fairly impressed with it, although it's nothing compared to a good set of high-end AudioTechnica or Bose cans, (who both had the noise canceling thing pretty well nailed) I couldn't really expect much more while still paying under $200.
- Nice, level frequency response with a good range of 18 - 22,000 Hz. (we can hear between 20 - 20,000) Level frequency response is good for critical listening, composition and studio work.
- Decent passive noise canceling, but nothing to write home about. This is helped by the full ear coverage though, as opposed to smalled headphones that just kinda float on your ear and allow a lot of sound to leak in.
- Very comfortable fit covering the whole ear with a good range of extension.
- 3m lead which is a pretty perfect length for my room.
- Sennheiser headphones have notoriously good engineering and will last a good few years if treated nicely.
- Lead only hangs on one side which is handy.
- They don't make me look like a Skull Candy faggot.
- Noise canceling is only passive, I can still hear the vietnamese lady next door when she gets particularly riled up.
- The lead, while long, seems a bit flimsy. I don't really trust it being handled roughly.
- Instead of increasing my productivity by allowing me to listen to my work they have so far lowered my work-rate by prompting me to write this post...