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What's Better than the HD800s?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

I know when you get to this level it all comes down to preferences. I just can't stand open headphones. I NEED closed ones. Despite the great image in the 800's I need something closed with top of the line quality. Can somebody help me? I want the same  ( somewhat close) quality as the 800s but not so much soundstage and leakage. Thanks :)

post #2 of 18

The name of the thread is a little bit strange. I like the Audio-Technica ATH-W3000ANV more than the HD800. There are some closed cans in this thread: I see the Fostex TH-900 there. In addition to them I can call the JVC HA-DX1000 and the Audio-Technica ATH-A2000X.

post #3 of 18

"What would suit better my tastes than HD800 ? " (and describe what you want)

post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 

Ok. Large amount of bass, least amount of leakage possible, over ear headphones with no regard for the price  tag, top of the line. They also can't be so ugly that I lose my dignity when I put them on. I can tolerate ugly headphones but I have a limit.

post #5 of 18

The Denon AH-D7000 and the Fostex TH-900 are pretty bassy and look good. If you don't like this design, you may like the Denon AH-D7100's design.


Edited by asko - 6/19/13 at 7:55am
post #6 of 18

The beats pro might be your solution.

 

just joking

post #7 of 18

Ultrasone Pro900 or V-Moda M100 should suit you well.

 

If you can find a pair of the D7000's that would be a tier higher IMO.

post #8 of 18

Fostex TH900.  If I were to get a closed can to complement my HD800, I would get it.  I had a two week in home audition, and I really liked it.  Very good bass, solid mids and highs, very nicely detailed, but remained natural sounding.  I owned the W3000ANV's for several months overlapped with the TH900, and as gorgeous as the W3000ANVs were in both looks and sound (very beautiful midrange), I just liked the airier presentation of the TH900 better.  

post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 
Oh god. You scared me there for a second! Haha
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by FraGGleR View Post

Fostex TH900.  If I were to get a closed can to complement my HD800, I would get it.  I had a two week in home audition, and I really liked it.  Very good bass, solid mids and highs, very nicely detailed, but remained natural sounding.  I owned the W3000ANV's for several months overlapped with the TH900, and as gorgeous as the W3000ANVs were in both looks and sound (very beautiful midrange), I just liked the airier presentation of the TH900 better.  


The th900 lacks isolation, from what I've heard.

post #11 of 18
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The th900 lacks isolation, from what I've heard.

 Compared to the HD800 they don't :)  But, yes, you are right, compared to many closed cans they don't isolate as much.  The problem is that I haven't heard a headphone with good isolation that also had the airy sound that I like.  The Ultrasone Sig Pros were pretty good on open sound vs isolation, but something about them fatigued my ears after a while.  For the OP, maybe the TH900 wouldn't be ideal if isolation is ranked higher.  

post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by FraGGleR View Post

 Compared to the HD800 they don't :)  But, yes, you are right, compared to many closed cans they don't isolate as much.  The problem is that I haven't heard a headphone with good isolation that also had the airy sound that I like.  The Ultrasone Sig Pros were pretty good on open sound vs isolation, but something about them fatigued my ears after a while.  For the OP, maybe the TH900 wouldn't be ideal if isolation is ranked higher.  

 

All ultrasone's need a good amount of burn in to tame their sibilance. They are fatiguing out of the box.

post #13 of 18

Re-reading the OP's post, the TH900 might still be ok.  They certainly don't isolate, per se, but they don't leak out or in nearly as much as the HD800s.  I just don't know of any closed headphones that are on the level of HD800 in sound quality beyond the TH900s and W3000ANVs (very different sonic signatures, though).  The Sig Pros were damn detailed, and maybe some of the sibilance would have dissipated over time, but I don't remember their bass being as good as the TH900s or even the W3000ANVs.  It has admittedly been a while since I heard them.

post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by FraGGleR View Post

  The problem is that I haven't heard a headphone with good isolation that also had the airy sound that I like. 

Try iems, you can have all the isolation you want + airy.

It's what my eph-100 offers.

I imagine you can look off course to some high end , iems instead.

post #15 of 18

LCD3, PS1000, D7100, HE-6 are all potential competitors against HD800.

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