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Rugged Portable Headphones Advice

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

I'm looking for a pair of strong, tough, reliable headphones to use during travel. The imperative is that they are light, and can be stuffed into a backpack/bag easily, as I will be quite rough with them (especially when in a hurry).

 

I do not want an IEM, as 1; they don't fit in my ears very well, and 2; I find IEMS to be uncomfortable when moving about.

So I'm really focussing my search on Over Ears and On Ear headphones.

 

Foldable headphones would obviously be great, as they will be smaller and less likely to break/bend in my pack.

 

Isolation:
I don't really mind if there is no isolation, or if there is isolation. However slight isolation is preferred to none, as they will be used outdoors mostly.

 

As for sound quality:
I am not too fussed, as close to 'monitor' style as possible would be good. I listen to a wide variety of music, and don't really want a specific EQ.

 

Input:
I will primarily be using these cans with my phone/mp3 player, and not a computer or amp.

 

Do you guys have any ideas?


Edited by Basifrisk - 2/20/13 at 10:38pm
post #2 of 17

Sony MDR-V6. Magnesium cups, metal headband, coil cord,. The wires that go from the cups to the headband shouldn't really be fragile if you're going to quick stash them. Anyways, they come with a nice pouch that I didn't know about until I got mine (a bonus for me). And as for the pads, if you ever need more, you can get them for cheap or go w/ the beyer pads.

post #3 of 17

Check out Headroom's headphone selection guide for some ideas.

post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by MrViolin View Post
And as for the pads, if you ever need more, you can get them for cheap or go w/ the beyer pads.

Oh, do beyerdynamic pads fit on them?

post #5 of 17
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Oh, do beyerdynamic pads fit on them?

http://www.amazon.com/Beyerdynamic-Velour-Earcushions-MDR7506-Headphones/dp/B0016MF7W2 these pads do, but I'm not so sure about others.

post #6 of 17

Check out the JVC HA-S400's. Great sound. Relatively rugged and cheap enough to buy more if they break and you don't want to try to fix them.

post #7 of 17

hd25 - very durable

german maestro i forgot which model - more durable than hd25

aiaiai tma1 - it looks durable

 

yep v6 would be a good bet, although if you can get a cd900st for cheap, all the better

post #8 of 17
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hd25 - very durable

german maestro i forgot which model - more durable than hd25

aiaiai tma1 - it looks durable

 

yep v6 would be a good bet, although if you can get a cd900st for cheap, all the better

As cat man here says. Though the hd25 isn't as neutral is the v6 :3 it is very durable (also made some 20-30+ years ago).
Yes yes, cd900st. Had I known about it, I would've jumped on it. Even more neutral and refined. Some people say it's even 5x better than the v6,

post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 

Ok, right now the Sony MRD-V6's are looking the best, but the coiled cable seems like it would be a bit of an issue. What do you guys think?

post #10 of 17
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Ok, right now the Sony MRD-V6's are looking the best, but the coiled cable seems like it would be a bit of an issue. What do you guys think?

Man, the coiled cable is the bomb! I don't really like conventional cables (either too short or too long for me). 

post #11 of 17

Hate hate HATE the coiled cable on my Senn HD280 Pros. Wait, did I say hate? I frickin' HATE it!

post #12 of 17
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Hate hate HATE the coiled cable on my Senn HD280 Pros. Wait, did I say hate? I frickin' HATE it!

maybe because it was a long coiled cord? :3

post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 

I was more referring to the fact that I will be travelling with it, so the bulkiness may be annoying.

post #14 of 17

+1 for the HD25-1-II or any HD25 variety... The thing is built like a tank, and most of its parts are user replaceable from the Sennheiser online store. As on-ears, they are not the best in terms of comfort, but they isolate well. SQ-wise you'll get strong, punchy bass and an in-your-face sound. Not too much soundstaging from the HD25 based on my listening.

 

I don't know if they will sound their best straight from a phone/mp3, but the rest of it suits your criteria fairly well. Check it out:

http://en-de.sennheiser.com/dj-headphones-noise-reduction-hifi-stereo-hd-25-1-ii

 

Good luck!

post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 

Hmm...

Yeah I'm definitely looking for super tough headphones. Something I could put anywhere in my backpack and not worry.

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