Over the past 2 years, based on many things I read on Head-Fi, I bought a Sansa Fuze, the Yuin OK3 and the Yuin G2A. I already had a Sony MDR 7506 (similar to MDR-V6) studio-headphone.
Now I am looking for a new portable (!) headphone with good noise-isolation, for listening on the train/bus/subway and other noisy environments. They might even become my most used headphones, isolating me from the 'outside' while listening on-the-go.
- First I was looking at closed foldable headphones such as AKG-K450, Sennheiser PX200-II or even the ones with noise-cancelling such as AKG-K480 and Sennheiser PXC310.
- But I also read a lot about IEM's. While I like how small they are, I'm mostly afraid of their comfort and their soundstage (having such small drivers...). Considering this and reading about them, the ones that seem to be most interesting for me are the Westone UM2 (or UM3x...but the UM2 is already very expensive...). I also thought about the Sennheiser IE8, but read they don't isolate all that well.
I read a lot about those headphones (mainly on the PX200-II and UM2, as it's hard to find a lot on the PXC310 and AKG-K450/480), but I didn't find any direct comparison to headphones I have or know and I can't find any place here (Belgium) where I can test those headphones before buying. This makes it very hard to compare those different 'families'/'types' of headphones.
Can someone share his experience, comparing the sound of these headphones with the some of the ones I have?
Amongst others, I'm very interested in comparison on the presentation/separation/soundstage of those types of phones compared to the Yuin G2A.
As background info, my headphones experiences/preferences so far:
- I do love the relative neutral sound and great presentation of the Yuin G2a, only being disapointed by its lacks in the lower frequencies (very little bass). But given their price, their comfort & size and the great results with most kinds of music (especially with acoustics, jazz, classical music, live rock...), that's a limited complaint.
- Yuin OK3 are 'OK' for real small portability, but left me with some disapointment, which is why I only use them as small 'backup' headphones, when I don't even cary a bag large enough for the G2a... (maybe I was tó satisfied by the G2a...)
- The Sony MDR 7506 I like better for accurate listening, even more detail than G2a, isolation, 'simple' cleaner bass...almost everything, but they are usually to big for travelling.
- I did test the AKG-K420 and AKG-430 in a German shop once. I liked the AKG-K420...but they had no sound isolation at all and leaked all the music to the outside. But I didn't like the AKG-K430, which had better isolation and less leakage, but totally lost the 'open' and nice presentation of the K420 and were to 'bassy' and 'narrow' (not in balance)... (that's why I'm afraid of going for the closed K450/K480)
My main concerns are
- comfort!! (listening for many hours)
- sound quality (mainly neutral/realistic, pleasant sound with good soundstage/presentation/detail. For most types of music!!)
- good isolation (I already have the Yuin G2A for at work and other quiet locations 'on the move')
- low/no sound leakage (I don't want to impose my music to people around me)
- small (I already have the Sony MDR 7506 for at home)
Any thoughts are welcome!!
Thanks in advance!
Edited by blub - 3/7/11 at 12:14pm