"Best portable headphones I've used"4.5 starson by galewisnhp
Pros: Balanced sound, lightweight
Cons: braided cord
Summary: These are, without a doubt, the best sounding portable headphones I've owned. I could not justify the price of Bose's QC3s, but I'm not disappointed. The sound is well balanced; the bass is deep but not overwhelming or distorted, and the highs are clear and crisp. These are the only headphones that I've used with my iPod's EQ on flat - there absolutely no need to increase the bass. I had been using the Shure E3Cs for a over a year (and I thought they were great), but the Bose OEs blow the Shures out of the water. I listen to all sorts of music - from Mozart to Metallica - and it all sounds fantastic. Plus, they do a reasonably good job at noise isolation; not as good as some of the in-ear models (such as the Shures), but well enough to use comfortably on the NYC subway.
My one complaint - and the only thing preventing me from giving these headphones a 10 - is the braided headphone cord. If you are listening to something quiet, every time the cord rubs against something (a jacket zipper if you are walking, for instance) the sound is conducted right up through the phones. A heavier, non-fabric cord would have been a much better choice so as not to conduct unwanted noise.
All-in-all, if you are willing to drop $180 on a pair of headphones for you MP3 player, these are worth the price.