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What are the most portable circumaural cans?

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I've been on the lookout for some nice circumaural portable cans this week and am looking for suggestions. My hifiman re0's recently lost sound in one ear so I need a new set of headphones. I have 701's for home and would love to have something with that sort of sound signature. Can go heavier on the bass but I really like the clarity they have. They have to be CLOSED. I intend to use them walking between my classes and sometimes in the library (quietly of course). The sennheiser hd 25-1 ii really look enticing to me but they aren't circumaural. Would anyone be willing to recommend them for this use? I really hate to take the leap on supraaural cans because I have never been a fan of them. Ont he otherside I have been looking at everything from beyerdynamic, akg, v-moda, you name it and none of them are really portable, and if they are portable they aren't circumaural. I'm looking to spend $200 at most, hopefully. The less the better. Thanks in advance.


Edited by PhearthecowZ - 11/25/11 at 2:03pm
post #2 of 11
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...and if they are portable they aren't circumaural....


It can be argued that "portable circumaural" is an oxymoron. It's the nature of circumaurals. However, I do understand your preference for them over supra-aurals. It depends on how loosely you define "portable."

 

I was also a little confused by the title of this thread. I assumed you didn't know the difference between circum and supra, but you clearly do. Maybe the title should be more like "which headphones are the most portable circumaurals?"

 

Anyway, I think Denon D1100 are some of the smallest fully around-ears. Although, from what I have read (I have never heard them) they have the exact opposite sound sig of an AKG K701. Maybe look at the Sennheiser HD 428?


Edited by seekadds - 11/25/11 at 5:53am
post #3 of 11

I use the Sony MDR-7509HD on the go.  They're studio monitors and are nicely balanced.

 

If you want to try something less expensive, the MDR-V6 might work.

 

Both fold up for easy transport.

post #4 of 11

Ultrasone pro750, very foldable

post #5 of 11

JVC s700 - doesn't come with a case but decent sound, very comfortable and fold up nicely.

 

http://www.amazon.com/JVC-HAS700-Portable-Full-Size-Headphone/dp/B0013OWPVO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1322271921&sr=8-1

post #6 of 11

The Phiaton MS400 are very small and portable - borderline circumaural depending on your head/ear size. I loved the size, comfort, and sound, but couldn't get over the small soundstage for classical. A lot of the portable cans have smaller soundstages. I went IEM. 

post #7 of 11

If you want a true portable headphone, I'd recommend the Audiotechnica sq505. As a portable headphone enthusiast, I really dig mine...

 

If you can deal with less portable options, I'd agree with Uncle Erik and just get a pair of studio cans like the shure 440/840, mdr7506/7509, senn 280/380. ath m50, etc... Much better price/performance ratio for studio cans than for portables.

post #8 of 11

I was going to suggest the Audio Technica SQ5 as well. They're just slightly circumaural for my ears, so if yours are big maybe they won't be the best bet.

post #9 of 11

CALs

post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone, I decided to go with the denon 1100's.

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Thanks everyone, I decided to go with the denon 1100's.



No problem bru. Grats on your purchase, and I hope you like them!

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