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which headphone has best isolation and sound quality?

post #1 of 20
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hey guys. which do you think my best bet is for monitors while i play drums? i need to know asap becuase i need to make a purchase asap. i found a couple closed cans in my price range, and wondering what you guys think. the only ones know i know that will work are the vic firth ones because they are made for drumming and cancel out ~24db, but supposdly the sound quality is ehh?

 

my friends also recommended just getting a pair of ear muffs and putting my ink'd or backbeats under them, but i cant see spending 25 on cans with no speakers in them.

 

heres what i found:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Vic-Firth-Stereo-Isolation-Headphones/dp/B0002F519I

the only ones know i know that will work are the vic firth ones because they are made for drumming and cancel out ~24db, but supposdly the sound quality is ehh?

 

http://www.amazon.com/Koss-Pro4AAT-Titanium-Pro-Headphones/dp/B00008Z1QI/ref=sr_1_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1315447768&sr=1-1

probably my next best bet for the isolation factor. remember im looking for best isolation AND sound quality

 

http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATHM30-ATH-M30-Professional-Headphones/dp/B00007E7C8/ref=sr_1_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1315447863&sr=1-1

do they even isolate?

 

http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-D40fs-Precision-Enhanced-Headphones/dp/B0002H0GR8

are these just better ATH-M30s?

 

feel free to recommend any in this price range as well as voting for one of the four above.

remember i need them for drumming. id like to have just enough isolation and also great sound quality so i can hear which drum is being hit in the music, as im new to drumming and can only play by picking out which drum or cymbal is being hit in the music, i can't read music.

 

thank you in advanced!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 20
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http://www.amazon.com/AKG-K77-Headphones/dp/B00187PRFC

also found these

post #3 of 20

http://www.amazon.com/Etymotic-Research-Noise-Isolating-Earphones/dp/B003S3RFIQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1315450149&sr=1-1

 

32db to 42db isolation, costs a bit more than the others you've listed. No idea about the sound quality though, but Etymotic is a good brand

post #4 of 20

IEM's

 

There is no way a non-custom Fullsized will block out 24db of sound. Most custom earplugs hit 26db

post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 

really? i already have a pair of altec lansing backbeat titaniums, which supposdly cancel out 16dbs. you dont think that these bigger headphones would sound better and have better isolation than my in ear backbeats already do? theyre all closed cans 

 

also i see you say that the vic firths even though rated at 24db are no way that much, what would you say they were at? and do you think the rest of the phones i listed would be just as isolation savy as the vic firths? aka enough to just hear my drums but still be comfortable? 

 

i also another pair im considereing

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDR-V6-Monitor-Headphones-Voice/dp/B00001WRSJ/ref=pd_cp_e_0

 

 

 

post #6 of 20
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the koss phones look like they have a hard shell like the vic firths, and none of the other phones have hard shells. does this make a big difference in isolation? please help

post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by bmeat View Post

the koss phones look like they have a hard shell like the vic firths, and none of the other phones have hard shells. does this make a big difference in isolation? please help



Go see a Audiologist about Musician's earplugs at 24db. Runs like $60 with everything. No fullsized will isolate as well as IEM's or earplugs.

 

The MDR-V6 is probably the most isolating, but I can still hear anything around me.

post #8 of 20
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post #9 of 20


Half the price HERE

post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 

im thinking about getting the MDR-V6 like you suggest. do you think it would be enough for drumming? better than my -16db backbeats?

post #11 of 20

In my experience the GMP 8.35 have the best isolation on the market, the HD280 also have a grate isolation, but maybe my head is to big and I had clapping force problems... was very painful!

post #12 of 20
Thread Starter 

acix, those head phones are way out of my price range. if youll notice im only looking to spend tops ~$60

post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by bmeat View Post

acix, those head phones are way out of my price range. if youll notice im only looking to spend tops ~$60



In this case try to get the a used M-50 on ebay. Or maybe the M-40fs.


Edited by Acix - 9/8/11 at 10:53am
post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 

you think the audio technicas are better than the vic firth, sony, koss, akg and kicker ones?


Edited by bmeat - 9/8/11 at 2:33pm
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by bmeat View Post

you think the audio technicas are better than the vic firth, sony, koss, akg and kicker ones?



Go to some music store and try them for yourself...and this way you'll get all your answers. happy_face1.gif

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