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Best $200 (or less) portable headphones for flying

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

I recently lost my Etymotic 6i so I am now back in the market for a new pair. I really enjoyed the Ety's and I am currently considering the next model up, however I am looking for a little more punch. I mainly will be using these on airplanes to watch movies or listen to music. They will be connected to an iPad or iPhone/iPod without an amp

 

I am looking to spend $150 but will go up to $200

 

Listening Habits:

Music - Rock, eletronica, classic rock (Nine inch nails, foo fighters, beatles)

Movies

TV Shows

 

Considering:

Fischer Audio DBA-02

Ety 4 series

Ety HF5

Ultimate Ears TripleFi 10 Pro

Shure (which models should I be looking into?)

 


Edited by rage3324 - 8/12/11 at 1:27pm
post #2 of 22
Thread Starter 

bump

post #3 of 22

Only one I have are the TF10 and i like them a lot for metal and rock. but I'd say go for the senn HD25

post #4 of 22

for flying you should consider the bose active noise canceling series as well

 

post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by Costia View Post

for flying you should consider the bose active noise canceling series as well

 



I've tried 2 bose noise canceling and the SQ is far from the TF10 not to say the HD25

post #6 of 22

I sure like the Fischer DBA-02 in that price range.  I've used them a bit for flying before I went customs, and liked them a bunch.  The Ety ER4 does have better isolation than the DBA-02.  I haven't tried the ER6.

post #7 of 22

Based on your listening preferences I say you should get the TF10s.  The isolation is good for plane rides and they sound awesome too.  I used to have DBA-02s but they really lack any punch when it comes to listening to electronic music.  I wanted an IEM that would sound good with all my music and not just most of it.  That's what the TF10s gave me.  

post #8 of 22
Thread Starter 

Considering the amount of movies I will be watching, I know headphones would be a great choice, but I need something more versatile so IEMs are my choice. The TF10s sound like winners. Thanks for the help

 

 

post #9 of 22
Thread Starter 

I am now slightly concerned about the TF10s being uncomfortable and I rather not go through the hassle of modding them, customs, etc. What would be comparable IEMs to TF10s for about the same price?

post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 

bump. I need to make a purchase by tomorrow. I am still considering the TF10s but I cannot find out enough about the isolation quality. I am also considering the westone 2. I am mainly just looking for headphones that are great for rock (fast, good highs and lows, decent soundstage) and provide good to great isolation


Edited by rage3324 - 8/15/11 at 2:16pm
post #11 of 22

I had comfort issues with the TF10's, never got them right for me.  I found the Westone 3 and UM3X both very comfortable.  I suspect the Westone 2 might be equally comfortable - just a guess, though.  I haven't owned or tried them. 

post #12 of 22

I'm underwhelmed by how my HF5s sound - good, but no better - but they do isolate very well. Although I suspect plug/ear canal match is everything here - with a good selection of plugs to try most IEMs should do what you want isolation wise.

post #13 of 22
Not sure if you have to buy locally or anything like that but for your preferences I suggest the VSonic GR07. An excellent dynamic based IEM with many of the best qualities I found in BA based IEM's combined with bass that only a dynamic can deliver. By far the best IEM I have owned and all for a great price to boot. Better than the Sennheiser IE8, Monster Turbine Pro Copper/Gold, Earsonic SM3, TF10, and a myriad of IEM's in between.
post #14 of 22

I think GR07, EX600 will provide enough isolation to block out most noise and they sound amazing (they shows great details in mids n highs with good bass response and offers wide soundstage) with these genres music. The HF5(offers great isolation), RE0 are very clean, detailed sounding IEMs and shine even more with AMPs help(like Fiio E11).

post #15 of 22

FWIW: the B2's (near identical to dba-02) are selling on amazon for $130 until the end of august

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