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I am looking for something that suits my music styles, I like to rock,metal, pop and indie stuff. and i do use it for long hours of listening. I use it while studying too to keep the me away from other noise and distractions. I am not looking for noise canceling headphones like the ANC9 because i have read alot that the functionality of it is basically lost when the battery keeps running low.

 

few requirements for me :

 

- Closed Cans! (because i use them in public places alot)

- Noise Proofing (just to reduce the ambient noise from my surroundings )

- Coiled Cable (Preferably - though i know that limits my options to very less)

- Balanced Sound Quality for my music tastes ( I Listen to a broad genre of music )

- Good Build quality ( i am planning to keep these for atleast the next 2 years and i travel alot)

- Comfortable for long listening sessions.

- My budget is minimal (below $250)

- I use it with my iPod Touch and Macbook Pro.

I am looking at M50, SRH 840 though its both old, and if they are any other suggestions?

 

Any help would be appreciated.


Edited by ashman - 2/1/13 at 8:55pm
post #2 of 14

Sony v6 :) I'm surprised that it doesn't get mentioned as much as the M50. 

 

I tend to sweat after a while, but my friend doesn't. Otherwise, you could wear it for quite a long time. Cups are made out of magnesium, and the headband is metal. The only things that're plastic are maybe the branches and where the branches connect to the metal extenders. I've found these fine for classical and pop, but I think they'd do fine for indie/rock. <- primarily b/c I haven't been interested in any rock, but I've just listened to Seperate Ways by Journey, and they sound mighty fine.

 

Isolation w/ out music is ok I guess? I've only had the chance to think isolation while my brother is playing on a grand piano. With music turned up to a decent amount, you won't hear much  (though this was a few weeks ago).

 

Cable is coiled and done well. I fell in love with coil cords after getting my v6, and I'm guessing you've had the same feeling. 

 

It's pretty much the equivalent of the m50's at a cheaper price and slightly different sound sig (on a m50 vs v6 thread). The quality you still get is phenomenal though, but I got mine while Amazon was having the knock out sales on these guys for $40-50 (payed $54 w/ tax).

post #3 of 14

Creative Aurvana Lives. They're 60 dollars on amazon right now. You can do a sound deadener mod if you find the bass lacking.


Edited by That Person - 2/1/13 at 9:27pm
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Originally Posted by That Person View Post

Creative Aurvana Lives. They're 60 dollars on amazon right now. You can do a sound deadener mod if you find the bass lacking.

 

Well the reviews say the isolation is poor in that. So i think i wouldnt go for this 

 

 

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Originally Posted by MrViolin View Post

Sony v6 :) I'm surprised that it doesn't get mentioned as much as the M50. 

 

I tend to sweat after a while, but my friend doesn't. Otherwise, you could wear it for quite a long time. Cups are made out of magnesium, and the headband is metal. The only things that're plastic are maybe the branches and where the branches connect to the metal extenders. I've found these fine for classical and pop, but I think they'd do fine for indie/rock. <- primarily b/c I haven't been interested in any rock, but I've just listened to Seperate Ways by Journey, and they sound mighty fine.

 

Isolation w/ out music is ok I guess? I've only had the chance to think isolation while my brother is playing on a grand piano. With music turned up to a decent amount, you won't hear much  (though this was a few weeks ago).

 

Cable is coiled and done well. I fell in love with coil cords after getting my v6, and I'm guessing you've had the same feeling. 

 

It's pretty much the equivalent of the m50's at a cheaper price and slightly different sound sig (on a m50 vs v6 thread). The quality you still get is phenomenal though, but I got mine while Amazon was having the knock out sales on these guys for $40-50 (payed $54 w/ tax).

Thanks for the suggesstion, looks good for me. Will see if i can i get more suggestions from others too first. But is it a problem with a wire connection from outside the frame. will it be bad for build quality and snap?


Edited by ashman - 2/2/13 at 12:36am
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What about the Aiaiai TMA-1? if you want the coiled cable get the Beatport version, the cable is also removable so if it breaks you can just replace it. Build quality is pretty good and isolation is also very good.

 

I suggest you look at some reviews first though

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Well the reviews say the isolation is poor in that. So i think i wouldnt go for this 

 

Thanks for the suggesstion, looks good for me. Will see if i can i get more suggestions from others too first. But is it a problem with a wire connection from outside the frame. will it be bad for build quality and snap?

The wire going from the cups into the headband? I wouldn't think so lol...it has more than enough wiring out there. It's slightly adjustable (because there's a point between the driver and where it goes into the headband that holds it down). Otherwise, there's enough of the wire. The v6 has a reputation for being indestructible lasting for quite some time (some people claim 20 years). Only thing I'd bother about are the pads. They've been said to have broken as early as 6 months all the way to 3 years. But it's not much of a problem seeing you can get another pair for $10-13. The Beyer velour replacement pads are about $22 but change the sound sig and isolation. 

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Originally Posted by Kimx2310 View Post

What about the Aiaiai TMA-1? if you want the coiled cable get the Beatport version, the cable is also removable so if it breaks you can just replace it. Build quality is pretty good and isolation is also very good.

 

I suggest you look at some reviews first though

 

Thanks for the suggestion, Looks good as an alternative and removable cable is a plus

 

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Originally Posted by MrViolin View Post

The wire going from the cups into the headband? I wouldn't think so lol...it has more than enough wiring out there. It's slightly adjustable (because there's a point between the driver and where it goes into the headband that holds it down). Otherwise, there's enough of the wire. The v6 has a reputation for being indestructible lasting for quite some time (some people claim 20 years). Only thing I'd bother about are the pads. They've been said to have broken as early as 6 months all the way to 3 years. But it's not much of a problem seeing you can get another pair for $10-13. The Beyer velour replacement pads are about $22 but change the sound sig and isolation. 

 

I would consider myself be lower cordon of that time period, because i am a rough user headphones, my pads will probably be gone in 6 months more or less.

and which one of the bayer's would you suggest to me?

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Originally Posted by ashman View Post

 

Thanks for the suggestion, Looks good as an alternative and removable cable is a plus

 

 

I would consider myself be lower cordon of that time period, because i am a rough user headphones, my pads will probably be gone in 6 months more or less.

and which one of the bayer's would you suggest to me?

rough? Well, I don't think they'd break from being rough, but more of sweat/body chemistry. Even then, wiping pads, how much or how long you use them/sweat are also factors.

http://www.amazon.com/Beyerdynamic-Velour-Earcushions-MDR7506-Headphones/dp/B0016MF7W2

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Originally Posted by MrViolin View Post

rough? Well, I don't think they'd break from being rough, but more of sweat/body chemistry. Even then, wiping pads, how much or how long you use them/sweat are also factors.

http://www.amazon.com/Beyerdynamic-Velour-Earcushions-MDR7506-Headphones/dp/B0016MF7W2

well take it about 2hrs (Max!) before i take a break to the real world. and i meant do you think any of bayer's cans are suited for requirements? 

post #10 of 14

maybe the custom one pro if you're looking at beyer
http://www.amazon.com/Beyerdynamic-Custom-One-Pro-Black/dp/B008XEYT48/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359846972&sr=8-1&keywords=custom+one+pro

 

Though I'm not sure how relatively flat they are. Took a quick glance at a review and it said they have a switch to the right that allows for sound change

http://www.amazon.com/Beyerdynamic-Custom-One-Pro-Black/product-reviews/B008XEYT48/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

first one down. Though I'd look at reviews around here more.

post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by MrViolin View Post

maybe the custom one pro if you're looking at beyer
http://www.amazon.com/Beyerdynamic-Custom-One-Pro-Black/dp/B008XEYT48/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359846972&sr=8-1&keywords=custom+one+pro

 

Though I'm not sure how relatively flat they are. Took a quick glance at a review and it said they have a switch to the right that allows for sound change

http://www.amazon.com/Beyerdynamic-Custom-One-Pro-Black/product-reviews/B008XEYT48/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

first one down. Though I'd look at reviews around here more.

Thats a no to bayers even though i love German audio engineering. and if you are talking about sweat and body chemistry i think i do sweat easily for my usage even though i only use it when im not doing any major manual work other than studying or traveling alone or designing on my mac.

post #12 of 14

Ah, alright then :s Hope you can find a pair you like soon!

post #13 of 14

If you like a balanced sound sig (can be slightly bright with bad recordings), the Sony MDR-7506 is a good option. There's a chance that the album you're listening to was mixed on one of these cans. They're relatively cheap (can sometimes be found under $100), very durable, closed, comfortable, and have decent isolation (no leakage).

 

If you want something with a little more bass, the Beyerdynamic DT770 and Denon D2000 would be good options, although that might be stretching your budget.

 

If you're willing to consider IEMs, you might be able to find a Westone 2 or UM2 (possibly even a used UM3X) for around $250. I find them very comfortable with the supplied Comply tips (or with Shure olives), isolation is better than any ANC can I've heard. The sound signature is ever so slightly mid-centric on the UM2/UM3X, but is overall very balanced and non-fatiguing. As a nice bonus, they even fit in your pocket on the go.


Edited by calipilot227 - 2/2/13 at 4:31pm
post #14 of 14

So glad to see a hearty recommendation for the V6!

 

I've been listening to them for years, though I did pick up a new pair

last year at an insanely low price from Amazon.  But even at the current
$79.-- or so, they're still a bargain.

 

And not only do they sound good, they're also comfortable, well made,

and stay on your head when you're reclining or even lying down flat

on your back...The M50's and SR840's and DT770's won't do that....

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