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HELP travel headphone comparison, UE 9000, or 550-x. ANYTHING helps

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Hey guys, I have been searching this forum for a few days for advice. So I hope I am not beating a dead horse here.
I own and operate a heavy equipment business, and am looking for headphones to wear while working in the equipment. Obviously, ANC is desired, however I was looking into a Bluetooth headset with corded option. (I am not an audiophile) so I can also answer calls without reaching for my phone.
I was looking at the Parrot zik, but I read that when the batteries die, so does the music. I was looking at the Sennheiser mm550-x, but I guess the volume doesn't get as loud as some may hope. Finally I was looking into the UE 9000. My devices are iMac,iPhone 4, 4s, ipad 2, galaxy s3. Anyone who can help me choose the best set for my needs, i would appreciate it.
can't find a retailer in Edmonton, AB that sells anything other then the Bose qc15, which are awesome for ANC and Beats (brutal, cheap and way to "cool" for me)
Edited by oilcity - 4/3/13 at 12:34am
post #2 of 12
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Anyone? I have been doing research for months, can't make a decision. Any recommendations I didn't list are welcome. Haven't been able to try any out.
post #3 of 12
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Last piece of info, I listen to hip hop, some rock, pop, Sinatra,tons of stand up comedy (Sirius and iPhone/ipad app), and watch a lot of movies and tv.
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post #5 of 12
I have the Harmon Kardon BT which meets most but not all of your criteria. I doesn't have active noise cancelling but it does work wired or with bluetooth. It's a closed headphone so the passive noise cancelling is pretty good and at least with your Galaxy S3 you should get pretty good bluetooth sound quality as it uses the new apt-x audio codec.

The only headphone that meets all your criteria is the Logitech UE-9000, which I haven't seen in any stores in Canada but you could check an Apple store. The one in West Edmonton Mall is pretty big so they may have them. The Logitech gets pretty good reviews so you should be fairly safe ordering them online if you can't find them anywhere
post #6 of 12
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How do you like the Harmon ?
post #7 of 12
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How do you like the Harmon ?

I did a comparison on my home rig with the AKG 702, sennheiser HD-600 and the Harmons. The 702's won, as they should but I prefer the Harmans to the HD-600's. Quite a few people say that the HD-600 is one of the better headphones of the last decade so me prefering the Harmons is probably going to get me lynched here but to me they sound more accurate other than a slightly over emphasized bottom end.

I haven't played with the bluetooth too much yet but I did walk around the house on blue tooth and it still sounded pretty good. It should sound quite a bit better off your S3.
post #8 of 12
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Would an amp/dac help out when you go wired with these headphones? And how would you compare Bluetooth sound quality to when they are wired?
I really appreciate all the help. Tried asking in a few other threads, but just get buried in new posts.
post #9 of 12
A decent dac and amp will definitely help, the Harmon sounds way better on my desktop rig than it does from my S2.The S3 is supposed to sound quite a bit better than the S2 though
post #10 of 12
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I was looking at the Fiio e11, as I am new to this.
post #11 of 12
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I think I will order up the UE 9000, but still have a feeling about the Sennheiser brand being more established and consistent
post #12 of 12
I found that the sennheisers didn't sound quite right on vocals, just a little recessed which drove me bonkers. The HD-800 doesn't have this problem but it's a lot of money. The E11 or E12 should be pretty decent or you could look at the Schitt Magni or Asgard2.

I haven't heard the logitech's but the reviews are pretty good
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