Originally Posted by Sound Quest
What headphone doesn't have more bass than the K701's?
(I still love'em though)
I've never listened to the K550s. I was just basing my comments on reviews that ive seen online. But if you've heard them yourself personally, then you'll know much better than myself.
I would probably regard the 550 as somewhat bassier, but neither are really exaggerated. The 701 are better overall (isolation aside) imho. Note that I haven't directly A/B'd them (or owned them concurrently).
Originally Posted by viralcow
That's the thing. The K701s are bass neutral to me. I honestly don't understand where K701's no-bass reputation comes from.
Comparisons to the HD 580/600 maybe? I'd agree that they're pretty bass-neutral. Not too much, not too little.
Originally Posted by Liszt
Hello, just made an account. I have been lurking for a couple of days.
I am looking to buy a pair of headphones that:1) Cost around $100-300.2) Are comfy for studying.
3) Don't bleed much if at all. (do any closed headphones bleed?)
I will be using them primarily at school either in a computer lab or in the library. While studying, I listen mostly to classical, particularly piano, but certainly not limited to either. Electronic and rock music make cameos.
I would like headphones that don't disturb my neighbors and that are comfy to wear. It would be nice if they had some kind of carrying case that fit in a backpack but I can manage really with any size.
I am no audiophile, but I would like to get into it now that I am listening to much more music. I was hoping you all could lend me your wisdom in picking out headphones that match my criteria and also have a fine sound.
edit: I should specify, if it wasn't clear, that I would like over-ear headphones, not in-ear.
I would appreciate any help. Thanks guys.
Yes there are closed headphones that leak (
), the older Denon models and the Beats ANC headphones are examples (I wouldn't suggest either of these anyways, for what you want). Headphones that I'd suggest for you, in no particular order:
- Audio-Technica ATH-ESW9
- Koss TBSE
- Koss MV1 (may need an amp; 250R Znom but not massively insensitive)
- Kenwood KH-K1000 (over budget by ~$100, BIG, and no case)
Depending on how you feel about bass, I'd also suggest the Ultrasone PRO900. Now hear me out - they certainly have a healthy amount of bass (and they're certainly type-cast as basshead blasters for EDM and nothing else), but they aren't one-trick cans. A little hot on the top-end, a little withdrawn in the mids, certainly very colored, but they're comfortable, come with a nice accessory package, and a nice case. They're also fairly easily driven and have removable cables. I think as general all-rounders they would be a fine candidate, especially for low-volume listening, but you should seriously think about them before ordering (in other words, on paper they're perfect for you, but sonically they might not be, as they aren't very neutral).
I think any of those five would probably satisfy you, and if you just want to grab something simple and easy that ticks all your boxes and doesn't cost a lot, I'd get the TBSE (they can probably still be had for ~$50 from Tuesday Morning, on sale).