I'm looking at finding a replacement for my Blackbox M10 headphones, which haven't worn particularly well (a significant design fault, I reckon); I'm not wanting to spend a huge amount of money - ideally a maximum of $150 including postage. I'm not terribly worried either way as to whether they are noise-cancelling (I bought the M10s for use on Wellington trains, as I commuted daily, but this isn't relevant any more); I'm more interested in sound quality and best bang for buck (given the budget this is critical!).
The two pairs I'm looking at most closely are the:
* Brainwavz HM9 (about $125 US plus shipping from Amazon)
* Logitech UE6000 (about $85 US plus shipping from Amazon)
I thought I'd purchased a pair of the Logitechs when PB Tech (I think?) had them for about $100 including shipping, but got sent my money back as they'd over-sold; I've not had a chance to hear them as I can't find a store here that has them available to listen to. The Brainwavz I've listened to a bit as my niece has a pair (I think on the recommendation of someone here), and I was pretty impressed; just not sure if they're worth the extra $$.
Anyway, is anyone able to offer advice on the relative merits of these phones, or other ones with a total price (including shipping) of under $150?
Also, of those who have shipped headphones (or similarly sized boxes) from overseas: is it cheaper to ship directly from Amazon, or to use Youshop? (I saw a posting on GZ with a 25% off discount for Youshop until the end of the month; I thought that may make it worth-while?).
Many thanks for any advice.