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Please help me choose some headphones

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 


I'm sorry for such a rubbish thread opener. I have been slogging round the reviews all day, and I'm more confused then when I started.



I have three requirements.



1.) Really Comfortable.

2.) Under £200 ( thats 320 dollars apparently)

3.) I am not willing to need an amp.



A description of what I want this for, and what I want to hear:-



I am a musician, I play various keyboard based instruments. I mainly use custom in ears (ACS T1) on shows, however these start hurting my ears a bit in situations where I have to regularly take them off. I want to be able to use headphones in rehearsals though so as to take the edge off how loud everything is (rather than increase it by using a large speaker).



In these situations I'll be driving them from my soundcard, a Motu 828mk2, but sometimes I would also like to watch movies and listen to music directly from the macbook. (Since I move around a lot, at home I am often too lazy to take out the soundcard from the rest of my equipment... I may just want to use the laptop and its keys to work on my sounds). I can understand if opposed the sound card I lose some stuff, it remains neutral. 



I do actually have a pair of HD200's ( a present a while ago ), but they get uncomfortable very quickly.



In terms of the kind of sound I want...



I'll sometimes run the rest of the band in to my sound card and mix it into my headphones. Whether I'm playing piano, or whether I'm playing dubstep, I do need them to be able to handle low bass. I don't particularly need a bass boost (I hated the dre headphones smily_headphones1.gif ) , and in terms of loud speakers, I don't like disproportionate amount of subs... just enough, without a noticeable gap in pitch...so I'd like as wide a frequency range as viable at that price point to be present.



I've attempted to short list, but please feel free to suggest others:-



For all of these I've found plenty of reasons offered not to choose them ... as I have with all the others I've looked at :S



HD598

AKG550

QSC701 < I thought I should discount this , but its there anyway


Edited by joeljjison - 11/6/12 at 5:55am
post #2 of 5

HD598 wont isolate any sound as its open backed.

 

i would suggest the SoundMAGIC HP100, in stock at advancedmp3players.co.uk

post #3 of 5

Heya,

 

You're going to need closed back headphones, not open air. You've selected some open air headphones. They are open to the room, sound will travel in & out. It will be like just having two small speakers near your head. You need isolating headphones, so look at closed back headphones.

 

Suggestions:

 

Beyer DT770

Brainwavz HM5

KRK KNS 8400

AKG K550

AKG K271 MK II

Audio Technica A900X

Ultrasone PRO 650

 

Very best,

post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thank you for the help, Randomkid , MalveauX

I think I'm leaning towards the Soundmagic HP100. Reasons being the case, the detachable coiled cable. I eliminated others based on lacking accessory lists, or design element I didn't like (non detachable cables, dual entry).

Since there aren't comparative reviews of EVERYTHING. ^_^

I'll leave it for a day or two before I act in case anyone comes and says, 'no, don't do that, do this!' 

 

 

Edit - I'm sorry I didn't discover the new members recommendation thread. Thank you for replying anyway without attack!


Edited by joeljjison - 11/6/12 at 7:28am
post #5 of 5

No problem, good luck. the HP100 wont let you down

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