For a name as monumentally respected in the music world as Marshall, the Major disappoints, but only slightly.
There is no doubt that the Philips O’Neill SHO9560 is a very versatile portable headphone – lightweight, durable, and user-friendly all around.
A retro-themed on-ear headphone with contemporary performance, the Fischer Audio Oldskool ’70 is one of the more straightforward portables I’ve come across in a while.
he R-Shield is a purpose-built noise assassin, first and foremost providing isolation that is simply unmatched among small circumaural headphones.
The M-Audio Studophile Q40 is a very solid headphone designed for studio use but also quite functional as a portable set.
The AKG K181DJ builds on the brilliant versatility of the lower-end K81DJ, surpassing its smaller sibling in every area save for portability.
The Sennheiser HD25-1 is on another level in terms of balance and detail compared to most other portable headphones.
The Phiaton MS400 is pricy, no doubt about that, but like the HD25-1 its value rests not purely in the sound quality provided but in the total package.
The Audio-Technica ATH-ESW9 offers just as much style as it does substance, competing with the better portable headphones in its price bracket in performance and aesthetics.