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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

All of my headphones right now are open backed designs.  The most recent purchase and the main one for home listening is the Sennheiser HD 650. 

 

However, I would like a set of closed back cans for late night listening that won't bother my wife.  

 

Looking to spend about $150 and would like something that could be powered by my LD MK IV.

 

Any advice?

post #2 of 22

I'm thinking the Ultrasone HFi-780's would suit you well.

post #3 of 22
Try to get an used pair of the DT-770 Edition/600. I like mine!
post #4 of 22
Brainwavz Hm5's or the Fischer FA003, these have great isolation, and have said to be a closed Sennheiser HD600, exactly in your range. Great for neutral ears.
post #5 of 22

A couple of others to consider:  KRK KNS 8400  or Shure SRH 840

post #6 of 22

Quote:

Originally Posted by headphonatic View Post

Brainwavz Hm5's or the Fischer FA003, these have great isolation, and have said to be a closed Sennheiser HD600, exactly in your range. Great for neutral ears.


Seconded. I absolutely love my FA-003 to death. However, they're next to useless if you're lying down on your side, as you'll never be comfortable.

 

post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 

How about the Fostex T50RP?

post #8 of 22

How much more must I say the AudioTechnica ATH-M50's >_<

 

Too many threads are asking what people should get with this amount of $, I've seen at least 20 threads in the past few days talking about closed back headphones, $150 budget. HELL my first post was the same thing lol.

 

Back to the original topic here, M50's are a great starter headphone for $159.99. Simple, great quality, straight or coiled cable. The only thing I don't like is you can't detach the cable from the headphones themselves >_<

post #9 of 22


 

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Originally Posted by elecsheep9 View Post

How about the Fostex T50RP?



The T50RP are an extremely neutral monitor-type headphone that are well-regarded for their price, but I find that the KRK KNS 8400 beat them for monitoring and the FA-003/HM5 beat them for personal listening "smoothness" of the sound.

post #10 of 22

If you like the HD650 I'd say get an FA-003. You haven't really provided much information for the type of sound you want, so I'm assuming you want something similar to the Sennheiser.

post #11 of 22

one more vote for the Fisher FA003. I love mine and doesn't really require any special amp.

post #12 of 22

VMODA M80 if you want good portablility.

post #13 of 22

Creative Aurvana Live! if you want to save some money.  Just don't fall asleep on them.

post #14 of 22

I'd like to vote for the Shure offering, when compared against the M50. I like the M50 and think it has better extension in both directions, but the Shure sounds fuller and hits with more detail. I really like the clean sound from these cans. 

Note: I have the 440, not the 840, but by all accounts the 840 is a better 440, especially when amped. 

post #15 of 22
Thread Starter 

I tend to listen to indie rock and acoustic-y singer/songwriter music.  The occasional jazz.  In addition to the 650s, I also have a set of Grado 125s and an AKG 240 Studio.  I have also owned etymotic 6p which I used to love (but lost).  Prior to the 650s, I had tried out the AKG 702, but found them to be a little cold (although I did not have a proper amp at the time -- I have since gotten the Little Dot MK IV).

 

I really love the 650s, although might prefer just a touch more treble (I am going to try tube rolling soon).

 

The closed back cans will be basically a backup for late night listening, maybe subway travel and home recording if I ever get back to that.

 

The Fischer/Brainwavz (which I'm guessing are basically the same) seem interesting, but I can't find where to buy them in the US?

 

The KRKs look interesting as well.

 

Do these take to amping?

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