I'm looking for a new pair of cans and I really don't know much about them so I figured I'd come here to get some advice and some suggestions. I'm a college student right now studying for the MCAT ( if you don't know what that is, it is the exam you have to take to get into med school) and I want a pair of cans to study with. I'm going to be in the dorms, library, my house and other general study places. Right now I have a pair of in ear Bose headphones that I do enjoy but I'm looking to upgrade to something that can cancel out some more noise and lets be honest has better sound quality. Since I really don't know a thing about different types of cans, I looked at the local Best Buy and was looking at the Bose noise cancel-ling headphones or the Dr Dre Beats. I've read the reviews on both of these and have heard good and bad things but I'm not really sure if this is what I'm looking for or not. Lastly, since I am in college and image is still something, they have to look "cool" or stylish (i.e. Beats). That's the back story now for important stuff:
Price: $0-$300 (just want to make sure I get my money's worth on the higher priced cans with durability, sound quality etc.
Music genres: mostly rock, classic rock, metal, alternative, some rap and some classical (so pretty much a little of everything)
Type: Looking for over the ear cause I would like something that does cancel out background noise and will help me focus on studying
Sound type: I'm looking for something that is pretty even through all ranges and has bass qualities, just nothing so extreme that it sacrifices other ranges or give a distorted sound quality
What will power the cans: It will most likely be stuff without an amp because I want them to be portable but specifically my computer and ipod mostly but maybe my phone as well (I may look into an amp later but right now I don't have one)
Location: Dorms, library, house, airport, Starbucks etc (not the gym since I will use my in ear Bose for that)
Durability: They will have to be durable cause I will be using them daily and transporting them a lot
Looks: Lets be honest they need to look "cool" or stylish cause I am still a college student and image is still something
Any help or suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated.
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Hard to go wrong with the Senn HD25-1-ii. Not the greatest for looks, but excellent durability and isolation with good punchy sound. There's also the B&W P5 which has the looks and isolation, a more laid back sound, good build quality but not as indestructable, and costs a bit more. Both of them should play well with your music genres.
i'm almost about to pull the trigger on the denon d2000 and fiio e7 combo + L3 cord . Just waiting for the price to drop . $1 off, WOW !! really amazon ? Cheapest is $260 on buy.com but i know it will drop further as summer approaches, i hope. i can wait a bit
anyway, this is after tons & tons of research and searches here. I'm only worried about the fiio choice and can spend upto $200 on a portable amp and for my type of use, thats the only type i can see using. I was thinking of ibasso but according to some reviews, it doesnt pair well with the denons. most suggestions point to e7+E9 but thats a desktop solution. Source is laptop and ipod.
Most portable amp reviews are also before FIIO hit the scene and changed the whole market i think, at least in the price/performance sector.
So, any suggestions for a portable amp in the $200 region would be very welcome. i'm in a real bind here.
The iBasso products are just fine and I've powered Denons through them no problem. FiiO is popular because their products are a bit cheaper, and the e7+e9 combo is nice as a portable and desktop solution.
I'm considering a complete revamp of my inventory. I would like a closed full size headphone that is fun and "crisp"(for lack of a better term). I listed to rock, heavy rock most of the time... and I'm not a basshead. I can sell whatever is in my profile to raise the appropriate funds, but figure my budget for the cans only is around $750... keep in mind the amps that I currently own vs what I could buy if I sold them as well.
Thanks for the help
Well there's the obligatory Grado mention, though I notice you've already got some of those. You could always climb the ladder there, or try something like the Magnum upgrade for your 325. If looking for something closed, I usually recommend Ultrasones as a closed alternatives to Grado.
The D5000 is fun but I wouldn't call it crisp. Most likely too much bass for your liking as well. How about something like the Audio Technica W1000x (or W5000 if you stretch the budget). Cool and mid focused, airy texture, super comfy.
For something really different, you might like the Beyerdynamic DT48. There's a ridiculous midrange in there that you have to hear to believe. There are a few threads around on the DT48 worth reading up on.
You're good on the amp front. I see no need to upgrade anything there.
Edited by Armaegis - 5/16/11 at 1:10am