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Comfy, closed circumaural, less than $70 for airplane use?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Hey people -

Well, having tried the AKG K26P and getting a headache within an hour of putting them on from the foam squares on the headband, I'm looking for something else. I really need to find a pair of circumaural cans, because the supra-aural kind tend to push my ears back and cause some irritation with my glasses ear pieces.

My basis for comfort and isolation (not sound quality!) is the Bose Triports. They have to be the most comfortable headphones I have EVER worn. Once again, sound quality leaves something to be desired, not to beat a dead horse or anything.

I read all the reviews for circumaural closed cans on the Headphone Reviews site, and I don't really see any that match all of my criteria.

So in no particular order and all of equal importance...

1. I would prefer not to use an amp with them (though this will happen eventually... such is the progression of the Head-Fitis Walletemptius disease) so that seems to rule out the Senn HD201's at the moment. I have a pair of Sony V6's with Beyer velour pads, but they could use an amp with my iRiver H320, don't isolate that well either, and still push on my ears. They don't block out much internal plane noise.

2. They should be portable, i.e., fold up like the V6's do. Not a strict requirement, but would be nice.

3. They have to isolate nicely for use mainly when on airplanes, much like the Triports.

4. They have to be less than $70 US.

I have done some searches but have not found many that meet all these criteria.

I am leaning towards the Senn HD201's or 280's, but there seems to be varying opinion over isolation of the former, and comfort of the latter.

The Philips SBC HS900 have a lot of good feedback on here, but apparently they don't isolate that well.

My musical choice is pretty wide - everything from jazz to industrial and gothic to hardcore/death metal.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
post #2 of 9
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Originally Posted by thosecoldnails
2. They should be portable, i.e., fold up like the V6's do. Not a strict requirement, but would be nice.
So....why not the V6? It meets all your criteria, do you just not want to take it on the plane?

If you can expand your budget a bit, the AKG K81 DJ would probably be a good solution.
post #3 of 9
MDR-v6 or AKG K 81 DJ. 280s have the best isolation, and comfort is decent. I wouldn't use 201 on a plane.
post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by thosecoldnails
I am leaning towards the Senn HD201's or 280's, but there seems to be varying opinion over isolation of the former, and comfort of the latter.
Unless you have pretty small ears you'll find the fit of the 201 to be pretty much suparaural, and it doesn't isolate very well at all. The 280 is much better at isolation and sounds superior to the 201, but it's bulky and is out of your price range unless you can find a used pair. I'd probably go with the V6 in your situation.
post #5 of 9
Would also have recommended the HD280 if your price range had been a bit larger, so I guess I'm going to have to go with the rest and recommend the V6. I haven't heard either can in years, but if I recall correctly, I didn't think the V6's were that bad, and I liked the HD280's quite a bit.
post #6 of 9
For airplaine use, I would personally go for canalphones due to better isolation compared to conventional closed headphones. Also significantly more comfortable than the HD 280 Pro in the long term. The HD 201's isolation is very weak.

While I think that equally priced canalphones sound worse than their full-sized counterparts, I'd still opt for the former for the reasons mentioned. At one point I had around 10 well-reputed closed headphones at my disposal but preferred the Shure E3 or Etymotic ER-4S for airplane use.

Canalphones fit all your mentioned criteria and are very glasses-friendly. Shure E2s are pretty nice for under $70 but there might be others.
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
I guess you guys didn't read the original post too well. As I stated, I already own a pair of V6's:

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I have a pair of Sony V6's with Beyer velour pads, but they could use an amp with my iRiver H320, don't isolate that well either, and still push on my ears. They don't block out much internal plane noise.
I've used them on a plane, and they just don't isolate as well as I would like. They do sound quite good, though

So it sounds like at this point the 280's might possibly be the way to go and I may just have to bite the bullet on those. Amazon has them for $82+shipping

I looked at the AKG K81 DJ phones, but they're not circumaural.

Canalphones are something I have been considering for a while, but many of them seem to lack decent bass response without an amp.
post #8 of 9
If V6 doesn't isolate enough, then I doubt that you'll be much happier with the 280. Full sized sealed headphones just don't cut it on an airplane imho, you need an IEM.

For what it's worth, I've found the Ety er-6i to have plenty of bass unamped. Quite a powerful low-end punch, especially with the foam tips. I think you might be quite pleasantly surprised by the sound.
post #9 of 9
Recon the 280 would do a good job
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