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Bit of a painful headphone purchasing dilemma (All advice welcome!!)

post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 

Alright, hello, I'm new here, and I've come across head-fi throughout my constant search for the perfect audio equipment and now I have nowhere else to turn so I was hoping you guys could help me.

 

I have big ears

 

Every over-ear headset I've ever owned (Turtle Beach, XB500, and now, just today, the HD428's) has caused me a lot of pain in many regions.

 

I owned a turtle beach headset and it felt like it was basically sitting on my head. I think it was the 180 model. The tips of my ears were scratching the speaker and it was just painful, so I sold it eventually thinking that it was just this headset.

 

1.5 years ago I was in the market for some headphones because I was interested musically in hearing what I'd not heard before. Went to the store, XB500's sounded amazing, took 'em home. Worked great. I noticed my ear was being squashed in the cups and eventually would scratch the speaker grate. After a bit longer, the headphones were again sitting on my head. Still have them, never used them except in short intervals.

 

The wire on those started to break literally out of nowhere. I'd planned to start recording/mixing soon and planned to get monitor headphones. Distracted by a budget, I ended up with the 428's, which aren't even close. Loved the sound, but I noticed that my ears were WAY too big for the cups. However, the top was comfortable if this gives a hint as to which headset I should be looking for.

 

At the store (the headphone section at Best Buy is tiny so I couldn't necessarily try the 428's out) they had displayed the 280 and 380. Both were incredibly comfortable, except on the 280s my left ear hit the speaker grate, but the cup size was splendid on both and they were both really really light.

 

What should I be looking for? Do I have to blow a whole bunch of money because I have big ears? I mean it's nice but I'm not ENTIRELY too interested in sound quality for now, just having a comfortable monitor/listening set.

 

I'm assuming I have to look for something with huge cups. Anyone else face this dilemma and find the right headphones?

The Beyerdinamic look really cool but the cups look small when not on someone's head.

 

All help is appreciated so much. thank you sooo much.

post #2 of 32
Beyerdynamic DTXXX

Or Soundmagic HP100
post #3 of 32
Those 380s have very large cups.

Also i +1 beyers. My dt770 and 990 have no issue and my ears are not small. Cups have a lot of room. More than most. Especially in depth vs the 380 which is in circumference.
post #4 of 32

the beyers are good

post #5 of 32
Beyers heave a good build quality and comfortable too
post #6 of 32
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the responses. how exactly big are the cups? I noticed the rims are thin so that leaves more ear room and the cups are rounded out as well. Very interested.

 

This is the right place for this topic right? Should I have even started a topic?

post #7 of 32

the Q701 have quite big cups, they easily cover your ears

post #8 of 32
Thread Starter 

my concern with those is the inner padding - will my ears fit inside

 

it's so hard to research these things when there's nowhere you can actually try out headphones
 

post #9 of 32

If you can find out the inner diameter of the ear pads you can estimate how they'll fit. Try looking up (or try asking some owners) measurements for replacement pads and compare them to the headphones you've tried, or the height of your ears.

post #10 of 32

Oh yes, some people prefer velour pads too because of the comfort

post #11 of 32

AKG K701s have circular pads about 6cm in diameter.

post #12 of 32
Thread Starter 
Totally forgot to ask - what are the perks to on-ear headphones? would this eliminate the problem in a sense?
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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by iamthem View Post

AKG K701s have circular pads about 6cm in diameter.

 



I assume you mean 16? Which is around 6 inches?

 

The HD380 have a 4.7 by 3.something inch measurement and the 428 have a 4 by 3.1 which is why I ask.

 

EDIT: Officially have lost all concept of what's going on I jus want some big light comfy cans


Edited by bitterasacid - 11/17/12 at 4:06am
post #14 of 32
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Originally Posted by bitterasacid View Post

 



I assume you mean 16? Which is around 6 inches?

 

The HD380 have a 4.7 by 3.something inch measurement and the 428 have a 4 by 3.1 which is why I ask.

 

EDIT: Officially have lost all concept of what's going on I jus want some big light comfy cans

uh... no 6cm inner diameter. 16cm is huge. AKG K701 cups are already pretty big.

 

You could always get the HD800's biggrin.gif comfiest cans ever.

post #15 of 32
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Originally Posted by bitterasacid View Post

Totally forgot to ask - what are the perks to on-ear headphones? would this eliminate the problem in a sense?

On ear headphones are generally ideal for portable use. Typically they are ususally less comfortable for long use but not always.
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