I'm looking for earbuds. Under $200 is preferable but willing to go up to $300. Suggestions?
I've browsed other headphone threads but, unless I've missed some, none have seemed directly relevant to my combined budget/listening preferences. Thus far I've bought and returned Bose QC 20's and Brainwavz B2's
. I loved the noise cancellation and comfort of the QC 20's and the sound was pretty nice but $300 felt pretty steep for what I was getting.
The B2's were ok but somehow I was really underwhelmed by them. I don't know what the best way to test headphones side by side is, but I went back and forth, listening to a song or two at a time, with the B2's and some random $30-ish Skullcandy earbuds I got a few years ago. The B2's were slightly better, but not nearly as dramatically as I expected for the price point.
So, suggestions? I mostly listen to classical and some folk-type stuff. My impression is that these preferences would suggest that really analytic headphones like the B2's would be good, but perhaps not. Budget, as I said, is $300 max with sub $200 preferable. Comfort is important as well and I prefer the appearance to be as un-gaudy as possible, if that affects your suggestions.