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I've got $200-250 of company money to spend and am looking to try and make the right decision.  I was originally after something somewhat portable for my commute, with my main purpose also being noise isolation at work, and so actually went out and purchased some V-Moda Crossfade LP2's.  I really like their build quality and accessories, but unfortunately they seem a bit uncomfortable thus far, and I'm not entirely sold on the sound.  Will probably be returning them.  I've switched gears a bit and am less concerned about portability, and would prefer to get the best sounding for my genre while still isolating well with no leakage. 

 

My main interests are: 
 

* comfort 

* noise isolation and low leakage

- *somewhat* portable in that they at least come with some type of case/bag (likely wont use these for my commute most days)

- ideally a remove-able cord, though not a deal breaker. 

 

My main music genres are things like rock, alternative ect.  A lot of 90's classics. 

 

I've been looking into Senn HD 380's, Shure 840's, AKG 271 MKII's and Fischer FA-003's (among many others!)

 

My concerns with the Shure's are I've heard they can be somewhat heavy and not all that comfortable.  The 380's seem to have mixed reviews on sound, and the AKG 271's may just be a bit too non-portable (no bag/case even mentioned) though I could work around this if they'd fit my other criteria, and I'm having a hard time tracking down a site to buy the FA-003's from.    Any comments or advice for comfort/noise isolation being my main concerns, that'd be good with those music genres in the $200 range? Its not my money, and I'm unlikely to be able to afford a similar purchase in the near future, so would like to try and get this one "right"!


Edited by NearMiss - 4/2/12 at 7:10am
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^Is there any particular reason why you wouldn't consider IEMs? I think they are more portable, and more isolating...

Also, I think quite a few people have been saying that the FA-003 sounds like the Brainwavz HM5 which are readily available the last time I checked. (Of course if you want the Fischer's, that's a personal preference.) But I am not too sure if either the FA-003 or HM5 are quite 'portable' because they're so huge. Although they do come with a carry case.

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Have tried some cheaper IEM's recently, and just not a fan of the feel of them and how they fit.  I'm sure its just me or I've not been trying the right ones,  and I realize they are the best portable choice, but at this point I'd prefer to stay away from them.  As I said though, portability is a little lower down on my list now.  I've got a pair of Sony NC 60's that I plan to use for the few times I'll be listening on the train, which have a small enough case to fit with my laptop (not the best, but would prefer to get a great set of headphones for the 8hrs a day I'm actually at the office). 

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What would be a good closed can for gaming and music under $200? I mainly listen to Rock, Rap, and R&B through my iphone 4s. I have been looking at the D2000's and DT770 pro 80/250's and need help deciding what is a good fit. Thanks in advance
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Originally Posted by NearMiss View Post

I've got $200-250 of company money to spend and am looking to try and make the right decision.  I was originally after something somewhat portable for my commute, with my main purpose also being noise isolation at work, and so actually went out and purchased some V-Moda Crossfade LP2's.  I really like their build quality and accessories, but unfortunately they seem a bit uncomfortable thus far, and I'm not entirely sold on the sound.  Will probably be returning them.  I've switched gears a bit and am less concerned about portability, and would prefer to get the best sounding for my genre while still isolating well with no leakage. 

 

My main interests are: 
 

* comfort 

* noise isolation and low leakage

- *somewhat* portable in that they at least come with some type of case/bag (likely wont use these for my commute most days)

- ideally a remove-able cord, though not a deal breaker. 

 

My main music genres are things like rock, alternative ect.  A lot of 90's classics. 

 

I've been looking into Senn HD 380's, Shure 840's, AKG 271 MKII's and Fischer FA-003's (among many others!)

 

My concerns with the Shure's are I've heard they can be somewhat heavy and not all that comfortable.  The 380's seem to have mixed reviews on sound, and the AKG 271's may just be a bit too non-portable (no bag/case even mentioned) though I could work around this if they'd fit my other criteria, and I'm having a hard time tracking down a site to buy the FA-003's from.    Any comments or advice for comfort/noise isolation being my main concerns, that'd be good with those music genres in the $200 range? Its not my money, and I'm unlikely to be able to afford a similar purchase in the near future, so would like to try and get this one "right"!




Shure SRH 940--$245.98 & $259 shipped at Amazon

post #13596 of 29490
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What would be a good closed can for gaming and music under $200? I mainly listen to Rock, Rap, and R&B through my iphone 4s. I have been looking at the D2000's and DT770 pro 80/250's and need help deciding what is a good fit. Thanks in advance


Ultrsone HIFI 780.  There are very few closed cans who can give you the sound stage you need for gaming (and movies).

 

post #13597 of 29490

I'm looking for a pair of closed headphones that have a good ammount of bass for listening to trance/dnb/dubstep music, and also have good soundstage for playing games.

I have a budget of $110, so the price can't be higher than that.

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I'm looking for a pair of closed headphones that have a good ammount of bass for listening to trance/dnb/dubstep music, and also have good soundstage for playing games.

I have a budget of $110, so the price can't be higher than that.


Creative Aurvana Live! fits that profile and is well within that price range.  The M-Audio Q40 is another possibility if they drop $5 in price from what I see at Amazon right now.  You might catch a sale on them.

 

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Creative Aurvana Live! fits that profile and is well within that price range.  The M-Audio Q40 is another possibility if they drop $5 in price from what I see at Amazon right now.  You might catch a sale on them.

 


The CAL! is not a bass heavy can.  It has a balanced amount of bass--especially for its price range.

 

One of the buying guides linked in the first post of this thread lists bass heavy cans with a red "B".  You (firelakes) should probably check that out.

 

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Shure SRH 940--$245.98 & $259 shipped at Amazon



Thanks for the suggestion.  Would this be an improvement over the Brainwavz HM5?  I'm somewhat leaning towards that one after looking into it, if I can ever confirm current orders still come with cases.  The 940 is just slightly above budget, as I'm in Canada and can't seem to find it cheaper than $299. 

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Thanks for the suggestion.  Would this be an improvement over the Brainwavz HM5?  I'm somewhat leaning towards that one after looking into it, if I can ever confirm current orders still come with cases.  The 940 is just slightly above budget, as I'm in Canada and can't seem to find it cheaper than $299. 


The 940 digs lower and hits higher than the HM 5.  It is a better can.  The HM5 is warm and pleasant for its price range.  The question becomes: is the 940 worth the extra money?  That is something only you can answer and best answered after hearing both.  If you can't hear them, check out credible reviews on each, realizing that they will be judged by different standard and against different competitors because they are in different price classes.

 

post #13602 of 29490

I doubt the 940 is a better can than the HM5/fa003 but dont take my word for it as I havent heard the HM5 but I know that it is regarded as a closed back HD600

post #13603 of 29490
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I doubt the 940 is a better can than the HM5/fa003 but dont take my word for it as I havent heard the HM5 but I know that it is regarded as a closed back HD600



I have both and the 940 is better.

 

The HD 600 (which I also have) is much better than the HM 5 (and I'm not knocking it--it's a good can for its price).

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I know comfort is a pretty subjective thing, but do you find one more comfortable than the other for longer sessions?  Also, would the isolation of both be pretty similar?

post #13605 of 29490
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The CAL! is not a bass heavy can.  It has a balanced amount of bass--especially for its price range.

 

One of the buying guides linked in the first post of this thread lists bass heavy cans with a red "B".  You (firelakes) should probably check that out.

 



Oh good grief.  Every review regarding the CAL states it is a warm toned headphone with a bias towards the bass side.  It isn't overwhelming, but anyone who has heard them can tell you that it has good bass extension and impact.  They would work just fine for this guy's purposes.

 

I very much prefer the bass it produces to that of some of the other bass heavy headphones in that thread you mention.  http://www.head-fi.org/a/headphone-buying-guide

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