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I just came across Head-Fi today and have spent my entire night reading the sight.  I have a couple on long flights coming up soon (one on Friday) and wanted to get a set of headphones to replace my Bose QC2 - I only used them on airplanes and got them for the noise cancelling feature.

 

After reading the reviews on the site, I think I've narrowed down to the choices:

  1. ATH-M50
  2. HD25-1 II
  3. AKG 550
  4. EDIT: I was also considering the M80s but am concerned about isolation Mr. Speaker's Mad Dogs (based on Wolfetans' recommendation)

 

I mainly listen to rock/metal and latin music as well as a lot of acoustic stuff and am really looking for crisp detail.  Also, while I realize this is a compromise with isolation, I like a wider sound stage. I was hoping some of you could point me in the right direction or maybe mention some additional models that I'm overlooking.

 

Also, on a side note, I went to Best Buy earlier today to get a pair of decent headphones for my trip on Friday. I decided (against my better judgement) to get the Skullcandy Aviators mainly because I like the look - I thought if they were half way decent I could deal with mediocre sound on one trip.  I have to say that they are a huge disappointment (although the more I listen to them the less I hate them); they just seem to lack any depth and sound hollow, not to mention isolation is terrible.  Does anyone have a recommendation for a moderately priced set that I can readily pick up at Best Buy? These things are going back tomorrow.


Edited by HurricaneBob - 10/25/12 at 10:51am
post #2 of 16
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Originally Posted by HurricaneBob View Post

I just came across Head-Fi today and have spent my entire night reading the sight.  I have a couple on long flights coming up soon (one on Friday) and wanted to get a set of headphones to replace my Bose QC2 - I only used them on airplanes and got them for the noise cancelling feature.

 

After reading the reviews on the site, I think I've narrowed down to the choices:

  1. ATH-M50
  2. HD25-1 II
  3. AKG 550
  4. I was also considering the M80s but am concerned about isolation

 

I mainly listen to rock/metal and latin music as well as a lot of acoustic stuff and am really looking for crisp detail.  Also, while I realize this is a compromise with isolation, I like a wider sound stage. I was hoping some of you could point me in the right direction or maybe mention some additional models that I'm overlooking.

 

Also, on a side note, I went to Best Buy earlier today to get a pair of decent headphones for my trip on Friday. I decided (against my better judgement) to get the Skullcandy Aviators mainly because I like the look - I thought if they were half way decent I could deal with mediocre sound on one trip.  I have to say that they are a huge disappointment (although the more I listen to them the less I hate them); they just seem to lack any depth and sound hollow, not to mention isolation is terrible.  Does anyone have a recommendation for a moderately priced set that I can readily pick up at Best Buy? These things are going back tomorrow.


For travel--especially unamped--the Senn is you best choice.

post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the help, KG Jag.

 

Do you think there's anything else that I should be looking at (my budget is up to $400)?

post #4 of 16
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Thanks for the help, KG Jag.

 

Do you think there's anything else that I should be looking at (my budget is up to $400)?

The Mad Dogs by Mr.Speakers or the Sony MDR-1R.

post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks. Do the Mad Dogs need an amp?

post #6 of 16
Most headphones reauire a dedicated amp to sound their best, but they still sound great IMO without one. But they definitely sound better with a quality dedicated amp.
post #7 of 16

Just add on a FiiO E11 + LOD. And what did you end up getting?

post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by wolfetan44 View Post

Just add on a FiiO E11 + LOD. And what did you end up getting?

 

 

I actually ended up ordering (I would rank them in this order):

 

HP100s (unamped)

M50s

UE6000

 

I've been traveling a good amount, but will try to get my thoughts on each one up here in the next couple of days.

 

In summary, I found the HP100s to be the most balanced and enjoyable to listen to, the UE6000s were the most comfortable, and the M50s were a fun, good sounding set.

post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by HurricaneBob View Post

 

 

I actually ended up ordering (I would rank them in this order):

 

HP100s (unamped)

M50s

UE6000

 

I've been traveling a good amount, but will try to get my thoughts on each one up here in the next couple of days.

 

In summary, I found the HP100s to be the most balanced and enjoyable to listen to, the UE6000s were the most comfortable, and the M50s were a fun, good sounding set.

Ah, nice! I've never tried those. The UE6000's were at the Apple store but they weren't workingmad.gif


Edited by wolfetan44 - 11/15/12 at 7:26am
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by HurricaneBob View Post

I just came across Head-Fi today and have spent my entire night reading the sight.  I have a couple on long flights coming up soon (one on Friday) and wanted to get a set of headphones to replace my Bose QC2 - I only used them on airplanes and got them for the noise cancelling feature.

 

After reading the reviews on the site, I think I've narrowed down to the choices:

  1. ATH-M50
  2. HD25-1 II
  3. AKG 550
  4. EDIT: I was also considering the M80s but am concerned about isolation Mr. Speaker's Mad Dogs (based on Wolfetans' recommendation)

 

I mainly listen to rock/metal and latin music as well as a lot of acoustic stuff and am really looking for crisp detail.  Also, while I realize this is a compromise with isolation, I like a wider sound stage. I was hoping some of you could point me in the right direction or maybe mention some additional models that I'm overlooking.

 

Also, on a side note, I went to Best Buy earlier today to get a pair of decent headphones for my trip on Friday. I decided (against my better judgement) to get the Skullcandy Aviators mainly because I like the look - I thought if they were half way decent I could deal with mediocre sound on one trip.  I have to say that they are a huge disappointment (although the more I listen to them the less I hate them); they just seem to lack any depth and sound hollow, not to mention isolation is terrible.  Does anyone have a recommendation for a moderately priced set that I can readily pick up at Best Buy? These things are going back tomorrow.


HurricaneBob,

You might be overlooking the V-Moda Crossfade M-80.

The sound quality is very crisp (personal opinion from personal experience).

The soundstage is very wide.

Noise isolation is superb as well.

Only $150 on Amazon!!

post #11 of 16

The M80 or HD25 is a nice choice, amp is not a mandatory for these cans too

post #12 of 16
Glad to hear your enjoying the HP100, what you read was right?

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Edited by ostewart - 11/15/12 at 7:41am
post #13 of 16

Just an FYI, the the Bose QC headphones are fantastic for air travel. I wouldn't use any of those headphones over the QC2 for air travel.

post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 

I checked out the M80s at an airport store (can't remember where I was), and I remember liking the sound but the isolation wasn't enough for me.

 

The SoundMAGICs are by far my favorite out of the group I've tried (admittedly, I haven't heard the HD25s), even unamped. I haven't listened to the QC2 in probably 3 or 4 years now (I loaned them to my brother and he lost them), but I remember the noise cancelling feature working extremely well and sound quality was good, but I think I prefer the sound of the MAGICs. 

post #15 of 16

I'm glad we have another person who loves the HP100 :)

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