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Sennheiser HD 380 pro vs 280 pro vs ATH-M50 vs Sony V7506 vs shure 840

post #1 of 33
Thread Starter 

I'm torn between those things! My requests are: Comfortable (my ears are about 6cm long/ each,lol) to wear on long flight (8-15 hours), Isolation must be good too, sound quality to listen to mostly Linkin Park, Rap, David Guetta, need much bass and zero sibilance. Durability is very important! My DAP is only iphone 4 and maybe 5! 

post #2 of 33
Are you going to fly regularly? Personally, I couldn't use full size cans on planes. Too restrictive on head movement and you keep bumping them on the seat head rest. I would suggest you consider some good on ears instead. But if you're just doing one flight every now and then and want some good cans at home then any of these closed backs are pretty good. I've got the SRH840s and love them but they are flat tonally so you'll need to EQ up the bass if that's what you like. I've listened to the 280s and M50s too and these are similar to the Shures. The 380s get good reviews. Don't know anything about the Sony's. my suggestion is if you can get to a retailer that auditions cans do it to find one you like. Otherwise purchase from one that will let you return or exchange.

One thing to consider, if you are buying for travel, pick closed backs that are warm to overcome any weakness in isolation as it is far different to listening at home or even work. Second, if regular travel is anticipated, do consider Bose QC-15. Despite their love or hate reputation, they do travel really well. But always carry a spare battery as they won't work at all without one. Nothing cuts out plane noise better than these. They are smaller over ears that seem to be just the right size and pack well. I tend to use them on long flights but not on short ones and never for critical listening though. Not that they are that bad, just I have better for that.

And finally, take some decent isolating IEMs for when your ears need a break from cans. Over time, the clasping of even the best can be quite uncomfortable.

Probably not that helpful in selecting your cans I know, but I fly about 30 trips a year including 3-4 long haul (Pacific) so I've got some decent experience in this area.

My sweet spot is shorthaul; Westone 4R and B&W P5; Longhaul; W4R and Bose QC-15.
post #3 of 33
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Jpfe8851 View Post

Are you going to fly regularly? Personally, I couldn't use full size cans on planes. Too restrictive on head movement and you keep bumping them on the seat head rest. I would suggest you consider some good on ears instead. But if you're just doing one flight every now and then and want some good cans at home then any of these closed backs are pretty good. I've got the SRH840s and love them but they are flat tonally so you'll need to EQ up the bass if that's what you like. I've listened to the 280s and M50s too and these are similar to the Shures. The 380s get good reviews. Don't know anything about the Sony's. my suggestion is if you can get to a retailer that auditions cans do it to find one you like. Otherwise purchase from one that will let you return or exchange.

One thing to consider, if you are buying for travel, pick closed backs that are warm to overcome any weakness in isolation as it is far different to listening at home or even work. Second, if regular travel is anticipated, do consider Bose QC-15. Despite their love or hate reputation, they do travel really well. But always carry a spare battery as they won't work at all without one. Nothing cuts out plane noise better than these. They are smaller over ears that seem to be just the right size and pack well. I tend to use them on long flights but not on short ones and never for critical listening though. Not that they are that bad, just I have better for that.

And finally, take some decent isolating IEMs for when your ears need a break from cans. Over time, the clasping of even the best can be quite uncomfortable.

Probably not that helpful in selecting your cans I know, but I fly about 30 trips a year including 3-4 long haul (Pacific) so I've got some decent experience in this area.

My sweet spot is shorthaul; Westone 4R and B&W P5; Longhaul; W4R and Bose QC-15.

Tks, but the qc 15 are too expensive! Does the srh 840 have sibilance and does it isolate well

post #4 of 33
Hi!

All the headphones you listed above have very little sibilance & are not so comfortable specially the SRH-840. My ears are touching the driver same goes to MDR-7506. Since you need isolation & sounds like your price range is under 200, why not take a look at UE6000? It's clean, minimum sibilance, & it has a v-shape sound. Last but not least, it comes with Active NC! Best suit your needs!

Hope this help!
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post #5 of 33
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Originally Posted by BillsonChang007 View Post

Hi!

All the headphones you listed above have very little sibilance & are not so comfortable specially the SRH-840. My ears are touching the driver same goes to MDR-7506. Since you need isolation & sounds like your price range is under 200, why not take a look at UE6000? It's clean, minimum sibilance, & it has a v-shape sound. Last but not least, it comes with Active NC! Best suit your needs!

Hope this help!
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How is the bass quality of the ue6000

post #6 of 33
Thread Starter 

Well, I'll buy in London and my budget are about 120-130 pounds and the ue6000 are 170 pounds and that's kinda expensive with me

post #7 of 33
That's a pity... No closed back will isolate as well as ANC. Re comfort of the 840, my ears are even longer than yours, about 8cm so all Circumaural phones leave a bit of my ear out and mine don't touch the driver. I mostly use them for monitoring keyboard practice which can be several ours and I never seem to find them uncomfortable, so suggest you try a set on if you can.
post #8 of 33
Thread Starter 

Is it bassy a bit? Have u ever tried it on a flight

post #9 of 33

Why would you suggest QC15 when there is ANC7B?

post #10 of 33
Thread Starter 
so who has tried the ue6000 can give me a review in bass and sibilance plz! And where can I get the ANC7 in central London
post #11 of 33
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Originally Posted by minhquancanon7d View Post

so who has tried the ue6000 can give me a review in bass and sibilance plz! And where can I get the ANC7 in central London

Hi!

The UE6000's bass are considered tight & punchy. The mids are a little recessed to me but you can always turn it up using EQ if necessary. As for the vocals, it stands out pretty well although it's sounds little(very very) artificial at some point and it is not that noticeable as UE4000. Details are great but the UE4000 did ted better at this point. Soundstage are excellent for a closed headphone much wider than UE4000 although UE4000 are pretty good at it for a on -ear headphone. I never use it while on the plane but I ever used it in a noisy Shop. It isolates quite a lot although I could still hear very little noise from a loud speaker but it's very minor. As for sibilance, it's not at all noticeable.

I hope this help!
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post #12 of 33
Thread Starter 

any thought on the 380 and 280?????

post #13 of 33
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Originally Posted by McNuggetsPie View Post

Why would you suggest QC15 when there is ANC7B?
Because I have them and never heard the ANC7b. Reluctant to suggest anything I've not heard. Common comments on both though are QC15 has better cancelling but ANC7b has better SQ and you can listen to them with a flat battery which you can't with Bose.

OP, you should listen to the ANC7b if you can, they might be in your budget.
post #14 of 33
Thread Starter 

I didnt see anywhere in London selling the anc7b! Want to ask about it! The UE6000 is find but how is the comfort, as good as hd380 pro?

post #15 of 33
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Originally Posted by minhquancanon7d View Post

I didnt see anywhere in London selling the anc7b! Want to ask about it! The UE6000 is find but how is the comfort, as good as hd380 pro?
Never get to try thise HD3280 and HD280 but UE6000 are very comfortable! Not at all touching the drivers and good sense of thickness and softness but it does get warm after a while but do note that its pleather and it is common to have such issue smily_headphones1.gif
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