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post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 

Hi! I'm currently searching for a pair of headphones that have these qualities:

  • Good sound quality
  • Detachable cable
  • Closed
  • Comfortable
  • Comes with a hardcase
  • Good isolation
  • Stylish (doesn't have to be as long as all the other requirements are fulfilled)

 

Also I don't plan on buying an amp so it has to have good sound quality without it. And I listen to all kinds of music, but mostly electronica and dubstep.

 

Thankssmily_headphones1.gif

 

P.S. I really don't have a budget so you can share any headphone recommendation. 


Edited by mistarobotics - 6/19/12 at 6:30pm
post #2 of 24
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Originally Posted by mistarobotics View Post

Hi! I'm currently searching for a pair of headphones that have these qualities:

  • Good sound quality
  • Detachable cable
  • Closed or Circumaurul 
  • Comfortable
  • Comes with a hardcase
  • Good isolation
  • Stylish (doesn't have to be as long as all the other requirements are fulfilled)

 

Also I don't plan on buying an amp so it has to have good sound quality without it.

 

Thankssmily_headphones1.gif


Heya,

 

Budget?


Note: You can get a hard case separate. So focus on closed/isolation/detachable cable/comfortable.

 

My first thought is a Brainwavz HM5 or Fischer Audio FA-003 (same headphone). It meets all requirements except that the case has thick foam and is soft, but firm, instead of directly "hard." But you can get a hippocase if you want it hard.

 

Very best,

post #3 of 24
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Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post


Heya,

 

Budget?


Note: You can get a hard case separate. So focus on closed/isolation/detachable cable/comfortable.

 

My first thought is a Brainwavz HM5 or Fischer Audio FA-003 (same headphone). It meets all requirements except that the case has thick foam and is soft, but firm, instead of directly "hard." But you can get a hippocase if you want it hard.

 

Very best,

Thanks for reminding me about the budget. :)

post #4 of 24
If we let "good sound quality" be entirely relativistic (you'll have to be more specific), there's a few options that come to mind when also considering mobile use:

- Bose QC15
- Beyer T70p
- M-Audio Q40
- Ultrasone (various models; DJ1, DJ1 Pro, HFI-780, PRO900, etc)
- Koss (various models; TBSE1, MV1, etc)


And so on (and what MalVeauX said).

Also, "closed" is not the same thing as "circumaural" - closed means the earcups are solid/closed, while circumaural means around-ear or over-ear (as opposed to on-ear (supraaural) or in-ear (IEM)). You can have a circumaural and open can, like the Koss PRO4AAAT, or a circumaural and closed can, like the Koss MV1.
post #5 of 24
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Quote:
Originally Posted by obobskivich View Post

If we let "good sound quality" be entirely relativistic (you'll have to be more specific), there's a few options that come to mind when also considering mobile use:
- Bose QC15
- Beyer T70p
- M-Audio Q40
- Ultrasone (various models; DJ1, DJ1 Pro, HFI-780, PRO900, etc)
- Koss (various models; TBSE1, MV1, etc)
And so on (and what MalVeauX said).
Also, "closed" is not the same thing as "circumaural" - closed means the earcups are solid/closed, while circumaural means around-ear or over-ear (as opposed to on-ear (supraaural) or in-ear (IEM)). You can have a circumaural and open can, like the Koss PRO4AAAT, or a circumaural and closed can, like the Koss MV1.

Ok. Thanks for notifying me about that. smily_headphones1.gif I'll make the changes.

post #6 of 24

I think the AIAIAI TMA-1 fits all your requirements outside of a hard case, especially as a can for electronica/dubstep. Just note that they're on-ear rather than over-ear.

post #7 of 24
As far as cases go, I think HeadRoom still sells a few, and I know Koss has some cases available as well. Finally, you can buy the Ultrasone, Bose, and Beyerdynamic cases as spares from the manufacturers direct - I think they're all right around $30. The Bose, Koss, and Ultrasone cases will require a headphone that can fold flat for storage, the Beyer cases just need something that fit in the foam cut-out.
post #8 of 24

Well, how do you want your sound presented? Do you like your bass "boomy" and big, or tight and complimentary? Do you like your mids (stuff like vocals and non-high pitched guitars.) loud or quiet? How do you want your headphone to sound, I guess is what I'm getting at.

 

If you're thinking of going with the Brainwavs, you could also take a look at the Jaycar Digitech Pro Monitor Headphones ($70 shipped). They're all identical, despite the price differences.

 

Good luck!

Will

post #9 of 24

well, thats a pretty tall order. all i can think of is qc15 which are all right sounding.
 

post #10 of 24

no love for the ath-m50?

post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by silvernoy View Post

no love for the ath-m50?


 No detachable cable, no hard case and I wouldn't call them stylish.  No need to discuss the rest.

post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by mistarobotics View Post

Hi! I'm currently searching for a pair of headphones that have these qualities:

  • Good sound quality
  • Detachable cable
  • Closed
  • Comfortable
  • Comes with a hardcase
  • Good isolation
  • Stylish (doesn't have to be as long as all the other requirements are fulfilled)

 

Also I don't plan on buying an amp so it has to have good sound quality without it. And I listen to all kinds of music, but mostly electronica and dubstep.

 

Thankssmily_headphones1.gif

 

P.S. I really don't have a budget so you can share any headphone recommendation. 


 The only cans (I can think of) that hit all these points, at least arguably, are the V-Moda cans--either some or all.


Edited by KG Jag - 6/20/12 at 12:43am
post #13 of 24

same, i was gonna say vmoda or sigh....the p5

post #14 of 24
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by DorianMode View Post

I think the AIAIAI TMA-1 fits all your requirements outside of a hard case, especially as a can for electronica/dubstep. Just note that they're on-ear rather than over-ear.

Thanks smily_headphones1.gif

post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

same, i was gonna say vmoda or sigh....the p5

 

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post


 The only cans (I can think of) that hit all these points, at least arguably, are the V-Moda cans--either some or all.

I checked them out (V-moda) and they look pretty cool.

 

Thankssmily_headphones1.gif

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