Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Headphones, Earphones and In-Ear Monitors › $150-250 Closed Analytic Portable Headphones for DAP
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

$150-250 Closed Analytic Portable Headphones for DAP

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 

I'm pretty new here, having (somewhat inevitably) stumbled upon Head-Fi after researching the mid-high-end headphone market and subsequently lurking for the past few days.

 

Given that I am probably much, much less knowledgeable about this area than most of you, I was hoping I could get a few recommendations for something in the $150-250 range.

 

I'm looking for:

  • Closed, around-the-ear/circumaural design.  Need it for isolation and privacy (I travel a lot and live in a dorm), and don't like having my ears compressed.
  • Very clear, analytic sound, especially through the midrange
  • Relatively flat frequency response, although some extra bass would be acceptable.
  • Portable (e.g. decent build quality) and suited for DAPs.  Open to portable amps/DACs if the combined total is sub-$250 and quality is better than no amp/DAC.
  • Comfortable.  E.g. I liked the feeling of the Bose QC15s (and the noise-cancellation), although I've read here that audio quality could be better for the money.  (I was originally looking for a noise-canceling pair but changed my mind since that seems to decrease overall audio quality from what I've read.)  Prefer something with extremely soft pads.
  • Preferably from a well-established brand, e.g. Sennheiser or similar.  Flexible on this.

 

I mostly listen to upbeat progressive trance, electronica, and dance, with some classical and pop.  Probably about 50/50 instrumental/vocal.  My library is primarily 320k and ~220k VBR mp3s.  Overall primarily looking for crispness and clarity -- I want to hear details.  Ideas?

 

Thanks!

 

 

Edit:

 

After further research, I am mostly considering the following, by rough order of preference:

  • Denon AHD2000
  • Beyerdynamic DT 770 250 Ohm version and a portable amp like the FiiO E5 or similar
  • Audio Technica ATH-M50
  • Sennheiser HD 380 PRO
  • Shure SRH840

 

Thoughts?


Edited by Nocturne - 12/28/10 at 4:33am
post #2 of 4

Sennheiser HD 25-1-II!

I will receive mine soon :D

post #3 of 4
Quote:
Originally Posted by edmondhsm View Post

Sennheiser HD 25-1-II!

I will receive mine soon :D


they are indeed an awesome little can

post #4 of 4
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nocturne View Post

I'm pretty new here, having (somewhat inevitably) stumbled upon Head-Fi after researching the mid-high-end headphone market and subsequently lurking for the past few days.

 

Given that I am probably much, much less knowledgeable about this area than most of you, I was hoping I could get a few recommendations for something in the $150-250 range.

 

I'm looking for:

  • Closed, around-the-ear/circumaural design.  Need it for isolation and privacy (I travel a lot and live in a dorm), and don't like having my ears compressed.
  • Very clear, analytic sound, especially through the midrange
  • Relatively flat frequency response, although some extra bass would be acceptable.
  • Portable (e.g. decent build quality) and suited for DAPs.  Open to portable amps/DACs if the combined total is sub-$250 and quality is better than no amp/DAC.
  • Comfortable.  E.g. I liked the feeling of the Bose QC15s (and the noise-cancellation), although I've read here that audio quality could be better for the money.  (I was originally looking for a noise-canceling pair but changed my mind since that seems to decrease overall audio quality from what I've read.)  Prefer something with extremely soft pads.
  • Preferably from a well-established brand, e.g. Sennheiser or similar.  Flexible on this.

 

I mostly listen to upbeat progressive trance, electronica, and dance, with some classical and pop.  Probably about 50/50 instrumental/vocal.  My library is primarily 320k and ~220k VBR mp3s.  Overall primarily looking for crispness and clarity -- I want to hear details.  Ideas?

 

Thanks!

 

 

Edit:

 

After further research, I am mostly considering the following, by rough order of preference:

  • Denon AHD2000
  • Beyerdynamic DT 770 250 Ohm version and a portable amp like the FiiO E5 or similar
  • Audio Technica ATH-M50
  • Sennheiser HD 380 PRO
  • Shure SRH840

 

Thoughts?


are the sennheiser HD 25-1-ii not supposed to have quite a clamping force?

 

Update: i posted and didnt consider the date :S my bad reviving an old post

 

 


Edited by MLTR - 2/4/12 at 2:40pm
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Headphones, Earphones and In-Ear Monitors › $150-250 Closed Analytic Portable Headphones for DAP