Originally Posted by Cscottrun
My budget is about 100 dollars. I'm not really looking to spend big money on a set of bose.
That's great news, BOSE = Buy Other Sound Equipment.
Sennheiser, AKG, Grado, Audio Technica, Denon, Beyer Dynamic, Ultrasone, all better than Beats or Bose.
Personally I'd skip the noise cancelling and go with a good pair of circumaural cans, because you keep noise out and keep YOUR noise from escaping. I have a pair of AKG 271 MKII's and they're terrific at doing both.
If you don't care about your noise escaping, look into some supra-aural or open circumaural.
Some tips about noise reduction sets from Good Cans:
Some points about ANR headphones to remember:
-- Random noises are "NOT" reduced! Talking, banging, babies crying, etc..... not reduced by the ANR circuitry.
-- Sometimes erroneously called "Noise Cancellation" headphones.... they reduce one offending noise, not cancel!
-- $300 ANR headphones, even from self boastful famous audio manufacturers, do not sound as good to an audiophile's ears as does a $79 Grado SR60i. Besides being closed which affects sound quality, the ANR circuitry introduces some hiss.
-- If you travel a lot, by all means, spend some money on some good ANR headphones. But if you only travel occasionally, opt for the less expensive ones for traveling and buy some regular headphones for all other uses.
In the bolded my guess is they're referring to BOSE.
Whatever you do, I think if you avoid Beats and Bose you'll be at a great starting point.
For closed the Sennheiser HD280 PRO ($95.84) or Ultrasone HDI-450 ($83.85) (pricing from Amazon) would both be better choices than the BOSE or Beats. For a headphone that is not "closed" check out the Audio Technica AD-700 ($93.77) or Grado SR-80i ($99) in your budget range.