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Poll Results: Besides the sound, What are the most important features you look for in a portable headphone?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 4% (57)
    Foldable
  • 8% (102)
    Small
  • 19% (238)
    Comfort
  • 5% (71)
    Detachable cable
  • 16% (202)
    Build quality
  • 13% (160)
    Easy to drive (no amp needed)
  • 0% (5)
    Open
  • 0% (10)
    Semi-Open
  • 11% (138)
    Closed
  • 7% (91)
    Appearance
  • 2% (25)
    Accessories
  • 3% (46)
    Replaceable parts
  • 4% (52)
    iPod compatible
1197 Total Votes  
post #31 of 70
This pool made me realise that I need somethung better than my current HD25 for portable.

Just recently I've been flying in an airplace for 9+hours and I fell asleep with my HD25 on. When I woke up, my ears were hurting very badly from the tight clamp of my HD25.

I also realized that the a lot of the details and lower end of the music is lost in the loud noise of the airplane, although whilentraveling in a car is much better.

So this lead me to save money for a B&W P5, but does anyone own both the HD25 and the P5? how do they compare isolation wise?
post #32 of 70
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by yliu View Post

This pool made me realise that I need somethung better than my current HD25 for portable.

Just recently I've been flying in an airplace for 9+hours and I fell asleep with my HD25 on. When I woke up, my ears were hurting very badly from the tight clamp of my HD25.

I also realized that the a lot of the details and lower end of the music is lost in the loud noise of the airplane, although whilentraveling in a car is much better.

So this lead me to save money for a B&W P5, but does anyone own both the HD25 and the P5? how do they compare isolation wise?


read Joker's shootout, he has those two headphones added.

 

as for the clamp, they wears out. I have 2 HD25 and one has strong clamp, cant wear it for more than 1 hours to make pauses, the other one, the older is perfect, even more with velour pads, but then isolation and bass gets slightlydecreased with this pads.

post #33 of 70
Thread Starter 

bump for the 1k votes

post #34 of 70

 

Quote:
Not necessarily, there are some closed headphones especially on-ear ones that have poor isolation. Close headphones don't automatically mean superb isolation. (Tronz post)

 

 

That is true Tronz, however if you try before you buy there are plenty of good closed cans at various budget levels which have good isolation. E.g. Sennheiser PCX450 up to the Ultrasone Ed 8 to name just two.


Edited by mrtim6 - 7/23/11 at 9:03pm
post #35 of 70
Thread Starter 

the trend so far:

 

Comfort

Build Quality

Easy to drive

Closed back

Small

 

I dont think its gonna change.

post #36 of 70
Quote:
Originally Posted by JamesMcProgger View Post

the trend so far:

 

Comfort

Build Quality

Easy to drive

Closed back

Small

 

I dont think its gonna change.



Prolly not. But, I still hold fast to using open headphones as portables. I can't stand not being able to hear what is going on around me.. The only time I'll used closed phones would be in a library or when I'm mowing grass. 

post #37 of 70

...double post


Edited by shamrock134 - 7/27/11 at 12:59pm
post #38 of 70

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by chrislangley4253 View Post

I still hold fast to using open headphones as portables. I can't stand not being able to hear what is going on around me.

Spare a thought for those that don't want to hear your music. It'd be like those kids that have "choonz" blasting out of their tinny mobile phone speakers.basshead.gif

post #39 of 70
Quote:
Originally Posted by shamrock134 View Post

 


Spare a thought for those that don't want to hear your music. It'd be like those kids that have "choonz" blasting out of their tinny mobile phone speakers.basshead.gif



How loud do you folks listen to your music? :D I never have to turn them up to compensate for my environment, and I don't ever have people complain. If I did find myself having to turn up my volume to try to drain out sound, I would be wearing a closed pair.. I guess I'm just lucky and not exposed to much environmental noise. Perhaps it will change someday.. If it did I would use it as an excuse to pick up some senn hd 25ii's or maybe some HF5's depending on which was more tempting at the time. I like closed headphones just fine, and the idea of them. I just think in general, for the money an open headphone is going to sound better.. And I see the closedness as being a drawback usually. I'd rather some sound leak in and a little out, then be mute to the world.. I'm totally in the minority here though :P

post #40 of 70

There'd be leakage at any volume though. I don't know what it's like in the US, but in the UK people won't say anything (stiff upper lip!) but will definitely be thinking to themselves "God I wish that **** would turn off that awful racket!"biggrin.gif

 

Also, I just dislike other people hearing my music and judging me lol.

post #41 of 70
Quote:
Originally Posted by shamrock134 View Post

There'd be leakage at any volume though. I don't know what it's like in the US, but in the UK people won't say anything (stiff upper lip!) but will definitely be thinking to themselves "God I wish that **** would turn off that awful racket!"biggrin.gif

 

Also, I just dislike other people hearing my music and judging me lol.



You see, I only listen to good music ;-)

 

Nah, I'm sure it has bothered a few people. The extremely irritable type. I've had one guy tell me that I was going to go deaf, because he was a "sound engineer" but he apparently didn't know the difference between an open and closed headphone... "if I can hear the music at all when the headphones aren't on my ears, you are damaging your ears"  Yeah, I don't think so...

post #42 of 70
Thread Starter 

A friendly bump to gather more votes.

 

I got the DT1350 and it doesnt meet at least 50% of my picky requirements. comfort will improve but they are still too picky in sound.

post #43 of 70
Hands down...something that doesn't need an amp of any type. If you need an amp, in my book its no longer portable because you got to carry that amp around too and extra wires.
post #44 of 70
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChipnDalebowl View Post

Hands down...something that doesn't need an amp of any type. If you need an amp, in my book its no longer portable because you got to carry that amp around too and extra wires.


I really feel the same way.. I just opened up a pair of PK3's. I think they are my new go to portables... Portability, is the most important in a pair i'm going to use on the go :) I think I'm going to pick up a pair of these too

 

http://www.amazon.com/Black-Buds-HDSS%C2%AE-Earbuds/dp/B005340N5K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=A2WIRZL3ISLNYS&s=generic&qid=1313000390&sr=1-1

 

Do a comparo and keep one of em, pass on the other pair. Or keep both if they are different enough. 

post #45 of 70

Size and appearance is important to me. Then comes comfort and easy to drive. If these four points, plus good sound, are not all hit, then I won't even bother!

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