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The best closed-back headphone needed for new Graham Slee Voyager.

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Thread Starter 
I bought myself an early Christmas present this year with a Graham Slee Voyager arriving on my doorstep less than 24 hours after I ordered if from hifheadphones.co.uk. The number of glowing reviews for it from this very site, What Hifi and Trustedreviews convinced me to enhance my desktop listening at work and I took the plunge.

I'm currently sporting a well worn in pair of Sennheiser PXC 350's which have served me well, but I'm not sure I'm getting the best from a closed back can that I could be getting.

The most important aspect for me is sound quality, with sound isolation (both in and out) second. I can't get an open-backed headphone, because these need to be used at the office, so sound leakage should be kept to a minimum, otherwise I won't be enjoying my cans as much as I could be.

I'm prepared to spend up to around £300 for the most suitable pair for my new amp and hoped the wise and informed individuals that frequent this fantastic site could give me a little tailored advice.

Festive greetings and thanks in advance.
post #2 of 13

Ultrasone 750

Ultrasone 750s

Fairly inexpensive and fantastic phones
post #3 of 13
Ultrasone 750s are excellent, I have them, but they do have a "sound" -- it would be important to check them out if you can (or buy someplace that lets you return).

Also think about beyer 770/600 ohm, particularly from the MANUFAKTUR part of the German beyer site (English page available). Engraving is free, and for the office I had my name engraved (prevents theft).
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Also think about beyer 770/600 ohm
Are 600 ohm headphones going to work well with the Voyager? I'm assuming the source is an MP3 player which won't have a strong enough line out.

I'd suggest looking for something with a low impedance and not too hard to drive.
post #5 of 13
A 600 ohm can be troublesome for home amps, so I would not recommend it for the Voyager (owned two). The AT ESW9 although pricey would be a nice alternative.
post #6 of 13
At 300 GBP, I would look into Ultrasone 900s with Kees mod, they can be had for around 260 from iheadphones website. I've not heard them personally but they've got good reviews in this place.
post #7 of 13

I guess

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Ultrasone 750s are excellent, I have them, but they do have a "sound" -- it would be important to check them out if you can (or buy someplace that lets you return).

Also think about beyer 770/600 ohm, particularly from the MANUFAKTUR part of the German beyer site (English page available). Engraving is free, and for the office I had my name engraved (prevents theft).
All phones have a sound...I do agree if you can, try some out, actually, thinking of things I have heard, if you have a large head they are said to be uncomfortable...for me they fit like a glove; I think they are quite neutral, fantastic phone for the money, and I do think with anything in this business, phones and amps are only as good as your source, with a great source the PL750s are top notch and the pro-logic puts you right there at the concert or in the recording studio.

Good luck in your search!
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
Well, thank you to everyone for your responses. There are definitely some recommendations that I hadn't considered amongst these replies. Out of all of them I'm most intrigued by the Ultrasone 900's. Partly down to the fact that the home mod looks easy to do, and anything that can improve sound of already accomplished cans, piques my interest. They are also foldable, with a case that makes taking them to and from work a much easier task and something I'm used to with my PXC 350's.

Does anyone have any experience with the sound leakage from the 900's? And has anybody tried them with the Graham Slee Voyager, (compared to say a standard iPod/computer headphone output) since this will be my primary source?
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
Well, that's a blow. I've just read that the 900's bleed out quite a lot of sound, enough to be picked up by a mic. I'm pretty sure my fellow workers wouldn't appreciate that.

UltimateAVmag.com: Ultrasone Pro 900 Headphones - Review

Can anyone else confirm that?
post #10 of 13
Denon AH-D7000
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
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Denon AH-D7000
If you know where I can get them for no more than £300 GBP, I'll be all over them.
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
Well, I can pick up the Denon AHD2000 cans for £159.20 from advancedMP3players when using a code from PrudentPanda. I've used neither website, but for more than £80 difference to Frank Harvey (HiFix), I'd be surprised if they can price match that.

Frank will let me test the cans though, if I can be bothered to venture out in this horrible, grey winter.
post #13 of 13
Sennheiser HD 25
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