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Set of headphones for ~150 bucks that won't annoy my co-workers

post #1 of 12
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I'm looking for a good set of headphones in the 150 dollar range that provides to most isolation possible. I need to be considerate of those around me. I have a pair of Sennheiser HD 280 headphones but I'm not happy with them. They are very heavy, tight on my head, and everything in the low-mid to low range feels very thin. (Perhaps a headphone amp would solve this, but I'm working on selecting one.) 

 

I was looking at a pair of Klipsch Image ONE at Best Buy and they seem decent. I've been wearing a 40 dollar pair of Sony earbuds 6 hours a day for a long time; so anything is an upgrade at this point. The sony's sound good but having something my ears that long isn't the best. 

 

Looking for a little help selecting something. 

 

Thanks.

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post #2 of 12

Audio-Technica ATH-M50 are right about at the 150-160 mark, sealed cans (to not annoy your coworkers) - fantastic sound for the price. 

post #3 of 12

the SRH 840 is also in that price range and isolates a bit better (might depend on your head/fit though)

post #4 of 12

IEMs offer the most isolation possible but they might get uncomfortable if you're planning on using them for hours on end at work. Still, its something that might be worth considering...

 

There are many options for you besides the ATH-M50. For example, the KRK KNS Systems 6400 is an excellent headphone that is very comfortable and not overly expensive. It's isolation is definitely good enough for an office environment.

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the KRK KNS Systems 6400 is an excellent headphone that is very comfortable and not overly expensive. It's isolation is definitely good enough for an office environment.



Oh very nice. I had not heard of those, but the reviews I'm finding for the 6400 and 8400 are very promising - especially at that price point. Thanks for the heads up.

post #6 of 12

Heya,

 

If the HD280 Pro didn't suit you, the M50 likely won't either.

 

What kind of music are we talking here? What signature do you want (thin / neutral / bassy)?

 

Very best,

post #7 of 12
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What kind of music are we talking here? What signature do you want (thin / neutral / bassy)?

 

 

I'm generally listening to 256k mp3 streams from http://di.fm 

 

I prefer a little more low end... The Sen HD 280 Pro's are very flat IMO which is nice for some things, but I prefer strong bass, without overpowering or being muddy. I do not like beats by dr dre headphones. The low end is nuts on those.

post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 

How about these classics? 

 

Sony MDR7506

 

 

post #9 of 12

Heya,

 

Per your post you wanted the most isolation possible, without going straight into noise cancellation.

 

Therefore, I recommend the BeyerDynamic DT770 PRO. It has great isolation, very comfortable, good warm bassy low end, good mids and detail. Plus, it looks good.

 

DT770Pro_1.jpg

 

Very best,

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Therefore, I recommend the BeyerDynamic DT770 PRO. 

 


A portable/desktop amp is recommended here i think. 

 

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A portable/desktop amp is recommended here i think. 

 


Only if not used on a PC sound card.

 

Very best,

 

post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 

Those 770's look like a great fit. 

 

I plan on having an external amp/dac for them. Either a CMOY or a iBasso 

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