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Thread Starter 

Hey Everyone,

 

I searched this topic and found some stuff, but nothing too relevant to what I am looking for.  So I don't know about all of you, but I enjoy listening to music while I am going to bed.  I generally use my Sennheiser HD25s for this and they work well, and the small cup size keeps them from getting caught up in the pillow.  However, I would like a sound signature more "clinical" and closer to the AKG 70x series (though they don't have to be THAT clinical).  Does anyone have any suggestions for a headphone like that with smaller cups?  I could go up to around $250, but anything less than that is great too.  Thanks! 

 

P.S.  I hate IEMs.  They are extremely uncomfortable for me for some reason, so those can't be taken into consideration.

post #2 of 9

 

 Second hand Beyerdynamic DT48?

 

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post #3 of 9

An affordable choice is the Sony MDRZX700.  You can pick them up for under $100.

 

BTW: you're a brave man being a Packer fan in the heart of Viking country.  I grew up in Wisconsin--so I've got your back, having remained a fan of the green and gold since 1961, when the "G" first appeared on their helmets.

post #4 of 9

I don't really have much of an answer, but there are a few things you should consider.

 

Durability - These buggers need to be tough, you'll roll around on them, they'll fall off your bed, etc. Headphones that aren't durable will probably get wrecked after a year or two if you move around a lot in your sleep.

 

Comfort - You don't want to wake up with painful ears now do ya? ;)

 

Easy to drive - Unless you want an amp by the side of your bed, not a big deal.

 

Warm relaxed sound and non-fatiguing - Even when you're sleeping, you're ears are still listening to your music, and can be for a long time. You want them to be as non-fatiguing as possible. Also, if they are cold or fatiguing, it won't be quite as easy to fall asleep.

 

No leakage - If you have a significant other, that is.

 

Isolation - If you live in a noisy area and want silence.

 

The best headphone for this I would say would probably be either the Denon D2000 (very comfortable, pretty relaxed, but not quite optimally durable), modded Fostex T50rp Rastapants with the Sure 840 pads (cheap; paid $120 for headphones and materials, very relaxed, quite comfortable, durable, but requires DIY, ever so slight leakage, and not *super* easy to drive), or a large AKG (don't have experience with these, but they seem like they would work pretty well).

post #5 of 9

One thing I would mention is one of safety. You don't want to end up being strangled in your sleep by a thick cable now do you? ;) But seriously. I would think a pair of good quality earbuds would be best as you can roll around on them and if they fall out when you doze off it's not a problem. I think cans would be problematic. Either that or get a sound pillow lol. If you don't have a significant other though maybe you can just put a set of speakers either side of the bed (I do).

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Originally Posted by DeadMan View Post

One thing I would mention is one of safety. You don't want to end up being strangled in your sleep by a thick cable now do you? ;) But seriously. I would think a pair of good quality earbuds would be best as you can roll around on them and if they fall out when you doze off it's not a problem. I think cans would be problematic. Either that or get a sound pillow lol. If you don't have a significant other though maybe you can just put a set of speakers either side of the bed (I do).



My old roommate used to sleep on buds, and he needed to get new ones every few weeks (of course, they were skullcandy, but still, the buds need to be really durable, which is harder to find with IEMs).

 

One thing I may do when I get a new apartment is grab my surround sound system, have the speakers on the ceiling facing my bed, and have them play a rain track as I sleep. :D

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My old roommate used to sleep on buds, and he needed to get new ones every few weeks (of course, they were skullcandy, but still, the buds need to be really durable, which is harder to find with IEMs).

 

One thing I may do when I get a new apartment is grab my surround sound system, have the speakers on the ceiling facing my bed, and have them play a rain track as I sleep. :D


Then you wake up...

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post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 


Thanks for the suggestion.  Tyll at Inner Fidelity gave a good impression of them too so I will definitely be checking those out.  They seem a good match for what I want.  

 

It certainly isn't the easiest being a Packer fan here, but for the last few years it's been quite easy given the Vikings slide.  Someone has to try and show them the light!  Always good to meet another Packer fan.

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

An affordable choice is the Sony MDRZX700.  You can pick them up for under $100.

 

BTW: you're a brave man being a Packer fan in the heart of Viking country.  I grew up in Wisconsin--so I've got your back, having remained a fan of the green and gold since 1961, when the "G" first appeared on their helmets.



 

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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Taowolf51 View Post

I don't really have much of an answer, but there are a few things you should consider.

 

Durability - These buggers need to be tough, you'll roll around on them, they'll fall off your bed, etc. Headphones that aren't durable will probably get wrecked after a year or two if you move around a lot in your sleep.

 

Comfort - You don't want to wake up with painful ears now do ya? ;)

 

Easy to drive - Unless you want an amp by the side of your bed, not a big deal.

 

Warm relaxed sound and non-fatiguing - Even when you're sleeping, you're ears are still listening to your music, and can be for a long time. You want them to be as non-fatiguing as possible. Also, if they are cold or fatiguing, it won't be quite as easy to fall asleep.

 

No leakage - If you have a significant other, that is.

 

Isolation - If you live in a noisy area and want silence.

 

The best headphone for this I would say would probably be either the Denon D2000 (very comfortable, pretty relaxed, but not quite optimally durable), modded Fostex T50rp Rastapants with the Sure 840 pads (cheap; paid $120 for headphones and materials, very relaxed, quite comfortable, durable, but requires DIY, ever so slight leakage, and not *super* easy to drive), or a large AKG (don't have experience with these, but they seem like they would work pretty well).


All definitely good things to consider.  Comfort is actually a very good point because one problem with the HD25s is that my ears get sore after a while because they clamp so much.  So something that is comfortable for a few hours is more preferable.  I have AKG Q701s and they are just way too large, but I have never heard the Fostex, I will definitely have to check those out.

 



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Originally Posted by DeadMan View Post

One thing I would mention is one of safety. You don't want to end up being strangled in your sleep by a thick cable now do you? ;) But seriously. I would think a pair of good quality earbuds would be best as you can roll around on them and if they fall out when you doze off it's not a problem. I think cans would be problematic. Either that or get a sound pillow lol. If you don't have a significant other though maybe you can just put a set of speakers either side of the bed (I do).


Lol, no I do not want to end up strangled but luckily I don't move much in my sleep.  Besides, they usually come off shortly before/after I doze off.  I really wish I could use earbuds or IEMs, but I really don't like either.  IEMs are very uncomfortable and earbuds just fall out all the time for some reason.  I must have crazy ears.

 



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Originally Posted by Taowolf51 View Post



My old roommate used to sleep on buds, and he needed to get new ones every few weeks (of course, they were skullcandy, but still, the buds need to be really durable, which is harder to find with IEMs).

 

One thing I may do when I get a new apartment is grab my surround sound system, have the speakers on the ceiling facing my bed, and have them play a rain track as I sleep. :D


I used to use my speakers but then I got a better half and that just wasn't going to fly any more.  I do miss that though.

 

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