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post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Hi,

I currently use Etymotic ER4P for portable usage, which I'm extremely happy with.

Now, I'm looking for a pair of portable closed headphones, to use as a back up, and a change from something stuffed in my ear when commuting.

Previously, I owned the AKG81DJ which I liked, but the cable was too long, had a little too much bass (even with the inserts taken out) and didn't have enough clarity (which I've got used to with the Etymotic).

I currently use an Iriver H140 (rockbox), occasionally with the headphonia amp.

I listen to electronica (50%), rock (30%) various (20%).

I have a budget of about $150, but can go a little higher. It depends on prices in Korea. Japanese headphones seem to be reasonably priced here. Sennheiser seem to be expensive for example.

Some of you guys put me on the direction of the Etymotics, and you advised right. I love 'em.

I hope you can put me in the right direction with Portable closed cans.

Thanks in advanced.
post #2 of 24
You can try the Sennheiser HD25-1. It might be SLIGHTLY above 150 depending on where you buy it though.
post #3 of 24
Have you read Skylab's review of portable closed headphones in your price range?

He liked the Senn HD25-1 with modded cable.
post #4 of 24
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Originally Posted by tbonner1 View Post
Have you read Skylab's review of portable closed headphones in your price range?

He liked the Senn HD25-1 with modded cable.
I read the review. I liked the sound of the Denon AH-D1000 but skylab says they don't isolate. I need some isolation when walking the streets.

I just checked out the shopping sites here in Korea, and the cheapest price I can find the HD25-1, is for 305,000 won, which is $331. Way outside my budget.

I really want something affordable and suitable for my musical tastes.
post #5 of 24
Since HD25 are apparently selling for too much in Korea - they are very easy to assmble, so what would the parts cost (and you assemble them yourself)? In the USA (aprox. parts prices as I recall them) 2 elements = $110, Velour earpads = $13, HD650 cable = $17 SP headband (if you don't feel you need the std double headband which is less comfortable and sells for $55) is $7 (I hand-shaped 2 tiny pieces for each side and superglue them in the "box" on the elements that the headband ends pass through).
post #6 of 24
Maybe look for a Japanese headphone. I assume they're decently priced there.

I tried the Audio Technica ATH-ANC7 a few weeks ago and I was blown away. Oddly enough though, they sounded very poor with the active noise canceling off.

Mind you, I was listening to them out of very expensive equipment - so as always try before you buy.
post #7 of 24
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post #8 of 24
ATH-SJ5 is a nice closed portable. The sound is very clear, short cord, and portable size. It sounds great coming out of my iAudio 7 w/out an amp.
post #9 of 24
I would try the Denon D1000 and see if you can live with the amount of isolation.
post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by BushGuy View Post
Since HD25 are apparently selling for too much in Korea - they are very easy to assmble, so what would the parts cost (and you assemble them yourself)? In the USA (aprox. parts prices as I recall them) 2 elements = $110, Velour earpads = $13, HD650 cable = $17 SP headband (if you don't feel you need the std double headband which is less comfortable and sells for $55) is $7 (I hand-shaped 2 tiny pieces for each side and superglue them in the "box" on the elements that the headband ends pass through).
Just curious, how would one go about procuring the related items?
post #11 of 24
Audio Technica ATH-ES7 is a good choice. Equation Audio Eartools RP-21 as well.
post #12 of 24
the HD25-1's get my vote aswell, although the cheapest i can find them for is around the $200. you might want to do some didding.

THE HD25-1'S ARE THE BEST ISOLATING i've tried, and i mean that whole heartedly. they are brilliant. overlook them at your peril!!
post #13 of 24
i'm using my sony v6 on my roadtrip

they keep my music in so it doesn't disturb my parents
but they also block out my parents snoring

but thats a different story


i love how everyone is suggesting sennheiser, despite the OPs post
post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by iQEM View Post
try AKG K26p/27i/28nc...it's closed, portable and bassy...
I'm not a fan of the K26p. They're somewhat uncomfortable and the sound is muddy.
post #15 of 24
can anyone link to the review? i've been searching fruitlessly
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