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Help needed in picking a decent headphone to compete with IEM

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Hi all,

I'm looking for help. Only a newbie to the forums and have learned a lot so far. Anyways I'm currently using the denon AH-C700 (retail $200, more in Europe) with an ipod 160gb and a graham slee portable amp and a decent LOD from Quables. The sound is good, very good really for the money but it leaves me (naturally) looking for more.

Anyway I'm looking to buy a pair of headphones to use instead of the IEM's as I have to commute a lot on the bus / train every day and the IEM's get my ears a bit irritated when using for over an hour or so, also the frequency of having to push them back in to pickup the midrange and bass properly; acceptable on the street but not on a 1.5 to 2 hour sitting journey annoys me. My problem is which to choose?

Money is fairly flexible, but with a portable system I fear really good headphones will be wasted. I looked at denons and grados but the denons have a very long cable (for home use of course) and the grados cost at least twice as much here in Europe as they do in the US which really boils my blood.

I was going to buy the noise-cancelling Sennheiser px450's but I don't mind a little leakage and have no need for the noisegard function really ( where you can switch between your sounds and the outside world with a switch on the side).

So what I'm looking for is a pair of cans that can drive my setup beyond the denons I currently use ( for those who have not tried them they seem to get a 7.5 to 8.5 in all reviews), have a cable that isn't the length (or height) of a giraffe, and who are able to push my system rather than dreaming of a day they might be connected to some proper separates.

Thanks to everyone who reads this , I've done a lot of research on the internet but no conclusion. Any suggestions and I'll be your friend forever Cheers!!!!! Dan.
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Price range? Favourite music genre? Both the Denons and Grados don't just leak out a bit of noise, they leak out a lot of noise. In particular, if you are using the Grados the person sitting beside you might hear everything you are listening to and that can be very irritating. So I wouldn't recommend them for traveling. I suggest you look at the ultrasones like the HFI-780.
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thanks

thanks for reply!!!

Price is as I said flexible as I love my sounds and don't mind paying for it as I never get to listen at home. Leaking out that much??? Ouch that knocks them out of the water as I know also how incredibely irritating it can be. But it was the denon ahd2000's i was looking at, I imagine they would not leak that much ?, with the design they have, grado's I understand.

Music genre is all kinds mostly rock, hip-hop and electronic which covers a lot i suppose . Having a look at the HFI-780 now. thanks for the suggestion! Dan
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