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Looking for very good audiophile CLOSED "non leaking" headphone

post #1 of 9
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One question gentlemen:  Besides my "open headphone", I need to buy a closed headphone, just because sometimes I can not afford to have sound leaking to (or from) outside.  

 

So.. I am looking for a very-high-quality Audiophile headphone with large soundstage and musicality close to an open headphone (LCD-2, Stax, HD800...) that DO NOT LEAK sound.

 

I  found that some headphone called "closed"; like the very good DENNON D7000 or Exotic Fostex TH900 in fact are semi-open and leak a LOT.angry_face.gif

 

So... what "non leaking" headphone can you recommend for me ( I listen classical, rock, blues, variety, pIANO.... anything NOT too hard or heavy bass).  Price in not really an issue this time wink_face.gif

 

thanks in advance.

post #2 of 9

The only closed cans I have used that are really closed are DT770.  They isolate much better than my semi-open D2000, but as a result the soundstage is much smaller.  I am not sure that there are any high-end headphones that are totally closed.  I think most of Audio Technica's closed headphones are also semi-open.  However, if I am wrong you could look at ATH-W3000ANV or ATH-W5000. 

 

You also might check out Beyerdynamic's higher-end closed headphones.  Since the DT770 premium that I had was pretty well sealed, I would assume that their higher end closed headphones build on that design, but I could be wrong. 

 

Or if price really isn't a problem you could check out Sony R10 (they have a bass-light and a bass-heavy version), once again I am not sure if these are semi-open, but they are probably the best closed headphones you can buy.  These are no longer made, so you would have to buy used.  They are still not cheap.

 

I only have experience with DT770 and D2000.  Everything else is from lots of reading around here.  Hopefully someone else will chime in with better and more accurate info for you.


Edited by haejuk - 9/17/12 at 12:47pm
post #3 of 9
There's the final audio design muramasa for expensive closed can, no idea how it sounds, just know it costs a lot. Expensive closed cans, there's ultrasone, I again have no experience with that. How about modded fostex t50rp? I have a stock t50rp and will not recommend it to anyone. It sounds weird and another headfier described it as "wonky", I don't have a better word for it. However I'm looking forward to have it modded when I have more cash smily_headphones1.gif
post #4 of 9

Check out the Ultrasone Signature Pro. A fantastic closed headphone that leaks very little in and out. 

post #5 of 9
I'd recommend you to demo the Signature Pro's if you need isolation & minimal leak but decent SQ.
post #6 of 9

Price not an issue, light on bass. Go find a Sony R10 bass light version, or for something with a reasonable price maybe some modded beyers from headphile.

post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by vCyge View Post

Price not an issue, light on bass. Go find a Sony R10 bass light version, or for something with a reasonable price maybe some modded beyers from headphile.

 

The above post is referring to these:

 

http://www.headphile.com/page8.html

 

I totally forgot about Darth Beyers / Terminators. They are probably worth a look, but I have heard they are pretty bass heavy.

post #8 of 9

Light, comfortable with good isolation/leakage control and good sounding at a good price == Fostex T50RP Mad Dogs (mrspeakers.com) or LFFs Paradoxes (I still haven't bought them! Hopefully will soon!!)

 

Or Ultrasone Signature Pros (another vote! ;-))

post #9 of 9

How about a pair of modded Fostex T50RPs? Mr Speakers mad dogs have been getting great reviews and they isolate really well

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