Re: HIGH END PHONES
I used the Etimotic Research in-ear monitors with custom ear molds on airplanes and with my iPod.
The ear molds were made by an audiologist thus they require a fitting session as if you were getting a hearing aid. It was an odd experience but worth it. The next time you are sitting next to a craying baby - you will thank me for suggesting you take the time to get the molds. They drop the background noise easily 25 dB.
The in-ear monitors sound GREAT. They sound fast and dyanmic. MP3 isn't the greatest format but just today I was jamming some "D'yer Maker" on the plane while tying to ignore the HUGE guy next to me with three (I am not making this up) Blackberries. Maybe it was a Seattle thing but MAN that was lame.
Jerry Del Colliano