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Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro

 

Hello. I live in a box where I sleep and play video games. Knowing **** all about audio, I come to you, head-fi.org, in search of silence. In fact, I know so little about audio, that I cannot provide a nonarbitrary budget.

 

Tell me: What does silence and above average sound quality cost?

 

I trust and thank you.

 

PS: I have rather large ears. As I would be wearing these headphones a fair bit, I'd appreciate if they weren't uncomfortable. I can provide aural dimensions if need be.


Edited by I Live in a Box - 6/8/12 at 1:34pm
post #2 of 9

You will find that sound is very subjective. Some may prefer the sound of a $150 can to a $400 dollar one. Though, for isolation, I'd say the Beyerdynamic DT770. Around $180. 

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Silence = closed back design. This is how many consumer-grade headphones are built anyway, but around here, you will often get recommended open back headphones--because they are regarded as better sounding for less money.

 

"Closed back" just means the outside of the earcup is solid, instead of having a grille or vent to let sound leak in and out.

 

A closed back headphone will naturally block out some noise. This is called noise isolation. To get the best isolation, you will need headphones that either:

1. Have large earcups which surround your ears entirely, with the cushions resting around your ears instead of on them.

2. Clamp hard enough to block external noise. 

The idea behind both is to create a seal--less gaps between the ear cushion and your ears = less noise leaking in or out of your headphones.

 

Some headphones employ a different, or additional, means of achieving silence: noise cancellation. The most expensive Bose headphones do this, as do the most expensive Beats headphones, for example. The idea is that the headphones generate some additional sound waves to cancel out the noise coming in from around you; what this means to the consumer is that your headphones have additional circuitry, cost more, and will need batteries for the noise cancellation. Sound quality of noise cancelling headphones is generally frowned upon here.

post #4 of 9
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I appreciate the quick replies and will be monitoring this thread for additional suggestions.

Is noise isolation sufficient to block out unwanted noises?

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Originally Posted by RobustOrange View Post

You will find that sound is very subjective. Some may prefer the sound of a $150 can to a $400 dollar one. Though, for isolation, I'd say the Beyerdynamic DT770. Around $180. 


I second the Beyerdynamic DT770.

Specifically, the Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80Ω (~$180).

These are incredibly comfortable and have big velour ear cups. Also, being 80Ω, they can play decently loud out of a computer or mp3 player, without needing an external amp (though an amp is always a plus). The Pro model (compared to the Premium) has a tighter clamp, which also helps with isolation.

 

What kind of isolation do you need? If you live on top of a dance club, these cans will not give you the silence that you seek. But if it's to block out city noise, or family/housemates' chatter, they will work. You could also buy the Beyerdynamic gel pads (~$37) for additional isolation.

post #6 of 9

The AKG K550 they have a pretty decent isolation, probably a scale of 7 of 10. I have used them a couple of times for some FPs gaming

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Originally Posted by Bee inthe Attic View Post

What kind of isolation do you need? If you live on top of a dance club, these cans will not give you the silence that you seek. But if it's to block out city noise, or family/housemates' chatter, they will work. You could also buy the Beyerdynamic gel pads (~$37) for additional isolation.

Would the DT770 Pro cut out people talking near me?

For argument's sake, what type of headset would blocking out a dance club require?

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Originally Posted by I Live in a Box View Post

Would the DT770 Pro cut out people talking near me?

For argument's sake, what type of headset would blocking out a dance club require?


You will not be able to achieve 100% sound isolation with any pair of headphones. The DT770 Pro should cut out (most of) a normal conversation between two people.

 

There is no pair of headphones that would be able block out music/sounds from a dance club.

post #9 of 9
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In that case, I'll be going with the DT770 Pro. Thank you for your help.

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