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Best headphones for commuting?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

I live in NYC and everyone who lives there knows how noisy it it: in the street, on the subway, on a bus, so I'm looking for a good pair of closed back over-ear headphones which are also effective at noise reduction or isolation.  I mostly listen to bass heavy jazz, rock, and rap.  

I've looked at the Audio Technica ATH-m50's and wondering if they provide sufficient noise isolation to ride a city bus on.  I'm also looking at the Fanny Wang 2000s.  Please offer advice and recommendations.

post #2 of 12
The sennheiser hd25s isolate very well and are low profile. They're also lightweight and durable for years of use. Otherwise maybe look at some IEMs.
post #3 of 12
Given your requirement on noise cancellation, I would definitely look at IEMs. IMHO, IEMs with properly sized/fitted foam tips offer the best isolation from outside noise.

The following thread has good info on bass-heavy IEMs:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/629913/extreme-bass-iem

-p
post #4 of 12

IEMs are the better bet if you want any isolation. If you are going to be doing a lot of walking and riding in loud areas I would recommend a cheaper pair of IEMs with comply or AirBuds tips.

 

If you get good fits from the regular silicon tips then try just a pair of skull candys or sennheiser. If you want good comfort (memory foam eartips) and good sound, I would recommend AirBuds (www.air-buds.com/product/) IMO
 

post #5 of 12

Shure SE-215 are my IEM of choice for commuting to and traveling in New York City. Subways arrive and if I'm not looking, it can come and go and I'd miss it. Keeping eyes open while crossing the street is a must.

post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
Well I prefer over the ear headphones to IEMs on because theyre not really comfortable in my ears and I have to constantly readjust them by pulling my lobe and whatnot, it's really annoying. But yeah, are the M50s any good at noise isolation? I also want to use them without any type of amp, just my iphone
Edited by mantis toboggan - 10/3/12 at 3:54pm
post #7 of 12

If you want any sort of isolation, you need to get IEMs. Over the ear isnt really blocking anything out and can be dangerous because you may just compensate for lack of isolation by blasting the volume.

 

I understand what you are saying about IEMs 'not fitting' but im telling you, I had the same issue and the big comfy memory foam AirBuds solved all my problems
 

post #8 of 12

I hear that all the time. On the subway, someone not that close to me is bopping to a beat and I hear pretty clearly what they are hearing. Difference is, they're going to get deaf from it.

post #9 of 12

exactly!
 

post #10 of 12

IEM's > headphones for isolation.

 

With over the ear headphones you will end up cranking the volume and causing damage. Instead you should get a pair of IEM's with good isolation to block noise so you wont be trying to overpower the noise with your volume control. Foam tips really can isolate well and be comfortable at the same time.

post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by mantis toboggan View Post

Well I prefer over the ear headphones to IEMs on because theyre not really comfortable in my ears and I have to constantly readjust them by pulling my lobe and whatnot, it's really annoying. But yeah, are the M50s any good at noise isolation? I also want to use them without any type of amp, just my iphone

M50s may be a little too big for commuting use. At least imo

post #12 of 12

yea really, IEMS should always be used for isolation and for commuting i think.

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